Easter (Ralph Vaughan Williams)

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Contributor: David Newman (added 2008-06-07).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 538 kbytes       Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Number 1 of Ralph Vaughan Williams Song Collection entitled "5 Mystical Songs" - File Sizes: PDF: 538 KB

General Information

Title: Easter
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Lyricist: George Herbert

Number of voices: 1v  Voicing: Solo Baritone, with SATB chorus ad. lib.
Genre: Sacred, Art song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano
Published: 1911

Description: The work sets four poems by George Herbert, from his 1633 collection "The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations".

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Original text and translations

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Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise
Without delays,
Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise
With him may'st rise;
That, as his death calcined thee to dust,
His life may make thee gold, and much more, Just.

Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part
With all thy art.
The cross taught all wood to resound his name
Who bore the same.
His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key
Is best to celebrate this most high day.

Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song
Pleasant and long:
Or since all music is but three parts vied,
And multiplied;
O let thy blessed Spirit bear a part,
And make up our defects with his sweet art.

Lyrics: George Herbert (1593-1633) , "Easter", from "The Temple: Sacred Poems and Private Ejaculations", published 1633.