Minstrels (Charles West)

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  • (Posted 2015-10-05)   CPDL #37071:     
Editor: Charles West (submitted 2015-10-05).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: I would appreciate notification by email (cghwest At sign.png yahoo.co.uk) of intention to perform this work.

General Information

Title: Minstrels
Composer: Charles West
Lyricist: William Wordsworth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATTBB
Genre: SecularCarol

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 2015

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Original text and translations

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Minstrels William Wordsworth (1770-1850)
The minstrels played their Christmas tune
To-night beneath my cottage-eaves;
While, smitten by a lofty moon,
The encircling laurels, thick with leaves,
Gave back a rich and dazzling sheen,
That overpowered their natural green.
Through hill and valley every breeze
Had sunk to rest with folded wings:
Keen was the air, but could not freeze,
Nor check, the music of the strings;
So stout and hardy were the band
That scraped the chords with strenuous hand.
And who but listened?--till was paid
Respect to every inmate’s claim,
The greeting given, the music played
In honour of each household name,
Duly pronounced with lusty call,
And “Merry Christmas” wished to all.