Love and mirth (Henry Thomas Smart)

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  • (Posted 2019-10-24)   CPDL #55706:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-10-24).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

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Title: Love and mirth
Composer: Henry Thomas Smart
Lyricist: Bryan Procter

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, with minor Bass divisi.
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 8, no. 250

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Original text and translations

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1  What song doth the cricket sing?
What news doth the swallow bring?
What doth laughing boyhood tell?
What calls out the wedding bell?
What say all?
Love and mirth, love and mirth,
In the air and in the earth,
Very, very soft and merry
Is the natural song of earth.

2  Mark the morn when first she springs
Upwards on her golden wings.
Hark! The soaring, soaring lark,
And the echoing forests, hark!
What say they?
Love and mirth, love and mirth,
In the air and in the earth,
Very, very soft and merry
Is the natural song of earth.

3  Is it mirth? then why will man
Spoil the sweet song all he can?
Bid him rather aye rejoice,
With a kind and merry voice,
Bid him sing,
“Love and mirth, love and mirth"
To the air and to the earth,
Very, very soft and merry
Is the natural song of earth.