The Close of the Year (Samuel Holyoke)

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  • (Posted 2016-10-07)   CPDL #41335:     
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-10-07).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 1 page, 83 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).
  • (Posted 2016-10-06)   CPDL #41332:         
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2016-10-06).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 81 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: As written in 1791. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The Close of the Year
First Line: So fly our months and years
Composer: Samuel Holyoke
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: Secular   Meter: 66. 66

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1791 in Harmonia Americana, p. 56

Description: Words by an unknown author, apparently first published January 1773 in The Perth Magazine of Knowledge and Pleasure.

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Original text and translations

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So fly our months and years,
Thus roll the seasons on;
Till death the curtains drop,
And life's gay scene is done.

O let each moment then
Be precious in our eyes,
And let our actions show
That we are truly wise.

If we are rich, may we
Be friends to those that want;
Nor their request refuse,
While in our power to grant.
 
If we are poor, let's still
Be rich in sweet content,
And thankfully receive
The little heaven has sent.