The fairest time (Robert Franz)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-01-13)   CPDL #56624:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-01-13).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a semitone from the source. The last few bars of Soprano and Alto have been rearranged to avoid high Alto notes. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The fairest time
Composer: Robert Franz
Lyricist: John Troutbeck

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1856
  2nd published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 336

Description: Translated from the German of Martin Luther. 6 Lieder für gemischten Chor Op.24, no.3.

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Original text and translations

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The fairest time in all the year
Is when the songs of birds we hear,
Songs that are filling earth and sky,
Thick-warbled notes, far off and nigh.

And chief the charming nightingale,
With new delight inspires the vale
That hears her sweet and lovely lay.
To her unceasing thanks we pay:

Much more to God our gracious Lord,
At whose bidding are outpoured
The matchless notes from her that fall,
The singer first, and best of all.
Singing and praising day and night,
She thinks her welcome labour light:
Thus I would song and praise outpour,
And thank my God for evermore.
Translation by John Troutbeck