Melrose (John Wall Callcott)

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  • CPDL #07737:        (Sibelius 2)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2004-08-09).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Glee for three voices, accompaniment added by William Horsley. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Melrose
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Walter Scott

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella originally, piano accompaniment added by William Horsley

Published: Not known

Description: A 3 part glee to a text by Sir Walter Scott.

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Original text and translations

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From "Lay of the last Minstrel: the Ride to Melrose", Canto II, stanza I

If thou would'st view fair Melrose aright,
Go visit it by the pale moonlight;
For the gay beams of lightsome day
Gild, but to flout, the ruins gray.
When the broken arches are black in night,
And each shafted oriel glimmers white;
When the cold light's uncertain shower
Streams on the ruined central tower;
[When buttress and buttress, alternately,
Seem framed of ebon and ivory;]
When silver edges the imagery,
And the scrolls that teach thee to live and die;
When distant Tweed is heard to rave,
And the owlet to hoot o'er the dead man's grave,
Then go--but go alone the while--
Then view St. David's ruin'd pile;
And, home returning, soothly swear,
Was never scene so sad and fair!

Note: lines in brackets not part of the musical setting.