Evening Scene (Edward Elgar)

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  • CPDL #29411:       
Editor: Burkhart M. Schürmann (submitted 2013-06-18).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 116 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Evening Scene "The sheep-bell tolleth curfew time"
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Coventry Patmore

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1905
(Novello)

Description: "In Memory of R. G. W. Howson"

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Original text and translations

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1  The sheep-bell tolleth curfew-time;
The gnats, a busy rout,
Fleck the warm air; the dismal owl
Shouteth a sleepy shout;
The voiceless bat, more felt than seen,
Is flitting round about.

2  The aspen leaflets scarcely stir:
The river seems to think:
Athwart the dusk, broad primroses
Look coldly from the brink,
Where, list'ning to the freshet's noise,
The quiet cattle drink.

3  The bees boom past, the white moths rise
Like spirits from the ground;
The gray flies hum their weary tune,
A distant-dream-like sound;
And far, far off to the slumb'rous eve,
Bayeth an old guard-hound.