The rainy day (Arthur Sullivan)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-25).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Paul Howarth (submitted 2002-04-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 422 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: from the Gilbert and Sullivan Archive. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: The Rainy Day
Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1867
  2nd published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 150

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Original text and translations

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The day is cold and dark and dreary;
it rains and the wind is never weary;
the vine still clings to the mould'ring wall,
but at ev'ry gust the dead leaves fall,
at ev'ry gust the dead leaves fall.
and the day is dark and dreary.

My life is cold and dark and dreary;
it rains and the wind is never weary;
my thoughts still cling to the mould'ring Past,
but the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
the hopes of youth fall thick in the blast,
and the days are dark and dreary.

Be still, sad heart! and cease repining;
behind the clouds is the sun still shining;
thy fate is the common fate of all,
into each life some rain must fall,
some rain must fall,
some days must be dark and dreary.