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Song Cycle for Soprano voice and Wind Quintet of;
Words by Robert Herrick.
Revised by the composer and beautifully typeset by Betty Roe SAociety member Derek Smith, this work is published by Robish Music and available from Lulu.com in two editions;
This song cycle was composed in 1969 and is a setting of three Robert Herrick poems on a Christmas theme. The three songs run together as a single work, the first two songs being linked by an instrumental Pastorale.
The first two pages can be seen (and heard) as a Sibelius Scorch page.
Due to the thematic links, Pastorale and Bounce for wind quintet would make a good encore to this work.
1. THE STAR SONG
Tell us, thou cleere and heav’nly tongue,
Where is the Babe but lately sprung?
Lies he the lillie-banks among?
Or say, if this new Birth of ours
Sleeps, laid within some ark of flowers,
Spangled with deaw-light; thou canst cleere
All doubts, and manifest the where.
Declare to us, bright star, if we shall seek
Him in the morning's blushing cheek,
Or search the beds of spices through,
To find him out?
No, this ye need not do;
But only come and see Him rest,
A princely Babe, in's mother's brest.
He's seen! He's seen! why then around
Let's kisse the sweet and holy ground;
And all rejoyce that we have found
A King, before conception, crown'd.
Come then, come then, and let us bring
Unto our prettie twelfth-tide King,
Each one his severall offering.
And when night comes wee'l give him wassailing;
And that his treble honours may be seen,
Wee'l chuse him King, and make his mother Queen.
3. ON HEAVEN
Permit mine eyes to see
Part, or the whole of Thee,
O happy place !
Where all have Grace,
And Garlands shar'd,
For their reward ;
Where each chast Soule
In long white stole,
And Palmes in hand,
Do ravisht stand ;
So in a ring,
The praises sing Of Three in One,
That fill the Throne ;
While Harps, and Violls then
To Voices, say, Amen.
4. A CHRISTMAS CAROLL
What sweeter musick can we bring,
Then a Caroll, for to sing
The Birth of this our heavenly King?
Awake the Voice! Awake the String!
Heart, Eare, and Eye, and every thing
Awake! the while the active Finger
Runs division with the Singer.
From the Flourish they came to the Song.
Dark and dull night, flie hence away,
And give the honour to this Day,
That sees December turn'd to May.
If we may ask the reason, say;
The why, and wherefore all things here
Seem like the Spring-time of the yeere?
Why do's the chilling Winters morne
Smile, like a field beset with corne?
Or smell, like to a Meade new-shorne,
Thus, on the sudden?
Come and see
The cause, why things thus fragrant be :
'Tis He is borne, whose quickning Birth
Gives life and luster, publike mirth,
To Heaven, and the under-Earth.
We see Him come, and know him ours,
Who, with His Sun-shine, and His showers,
Turnes all the patient ground to flowers.
The Darling of the world is come,
And fit it is, we finde a roome
To welcome Him. The nobler part
Of all the house here, is the heart,
Which we will give Him ; and bequeath
This Hollie, and this Ivie Wreath,
To do Him honour, who's our King,
And Lord of all this Revelling.
Robert Herrick (1591 –1674)