Spring's approach (Seymour John Grey Egerton)

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  • NewScore.gif  (Posted 2020-02-21)   CPDL #57140:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-02-21).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In English and German. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Spring's approach
Composer: Seymour John Grey Egerton
Lyricist: Franz Alfred Muth

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 13, no. 386

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Original text and translations

English.png English translation

Spring's approach
O first sweet breath of balmy air,
O first chaste kiss from violet fair;
Fond heart, ah! why this beating?
Dost call to mind the long sweet hours,
Thy youth's bright dreams, her perfumed flowers:
Young love, and lovers' meeting?
O first sweet breath of balmy air,
O first chaste kiss from violet fair;
Fond heart, ah! why this beating?

I know not why, there comes a breeze,
A gentle breath through budding trees,
From yonder valley sleeping,
That wakes my heart to hope and prayer,
That soothes my woe, my anxious care,
And stays my hopeless weeping.
O first sweet breath…

Translation by Mrs Cary-Elwes

German.png German text

Frühlingsanfang
O erster Hauch der Frühlingsluft,
O erster, süsser Veilchenduft,
Was wechst du mir im Herzen?
Rufst du vergang'ne Tage zurück,
Voll Jugendleid, voll Jugendglück,
Voll Lust und Lieb und Scherzen?
O erster Hauch der Frühlingsluft,
O erster, süsser Veilchenduft,
Was wechst du mir im Herzen?

Ich weiss es nicht, Es ist ein Weh'n,
Ein leises, süsses Aufersteh'n
Im Thal, wie in dem Herzen;
Als müsst' ich beten zu dieser Stund'
Aus meine Seel', tiefstem Grund,
Aus meiner Sehn sucht Schmerzen.
O erster Hauch…