Parting gleams (Arthur Sullivan)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-26)   CPDL #54896:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-26).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2019-07-26)   CPDL #54895:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-26).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Parting gleams
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: Aubrey Thomas de Vere

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 154

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Original text and translations

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The lights on yonder snowy range
Shine yet intense and tender;
Or, slowly passing, only change
From splendour on to splendour.
Before the dying hour of day
Immortal visions wander;
Dreams prescient of a purer ray,
And morns spread still beyond her.

Lo! Heavenward now those gleams aspire
In heavenly melancholy;
The barrier mountains, peak and spire,
Relinquishing them slowly.
Thus shine, O God, our mortal powers,
While grief and snow refine them,
And when in death they fade, be ours
Thus gently to resign them.