When the fierce north wind (John Whitaker)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-10-07). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 79 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
Description: Anthologised in "Harmonia sacra, a collection of the most celebrated tunes and anthems", Aberdeen, 1822. This work includes neither organ part nor figured bass.
Original text and translations
When the fierce north wind, with its airy forces,
Rears up the Baltic to a foaming fury,
And the red light'ning with a storm of hail
Comes rushing amain down,
How the poor sailor stands amazed and trembles,
While the hoarse thunder, like a bloody trumpet,
Roars aloud onset to the gaping waters,
Quick to devour them.
Such shall the noise be, and the wild disorder,
If things eternal may be like those earthy;
Such the dire terror when the great archangel
Shakes the creation.