The Roundel (Huub de Lange)

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Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2010-04-14).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 275 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Full score including piano part.

General Information

Title: The Roundel
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: Algernon Charles Swinburne

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published: 2010

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Original text and translations

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A roundel is wrought as a ring or a starbright sphere,
   With craft of delight and with cunning of sound unsought,
That the heart of the hearer may smile if to pleasure his ear
   A roundel is wrought.

Its jewel of music is carven of all or of aught—
   Love, laughter, or mourning—remembrance of rapture or fear—
That fancy may fashion to hang in the ear of thought.

As a bird's quick song runs round, and the hearts in us hear
   Pause answer to pause, and again the same strain caught,
So moves the device whence, round as a pearl or tear,
   A roundel is wrought.