As torrents in summer (Edward Elgar)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-18)   CPDL #53335:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-18).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Richard Mix (submitted 2011-06-14).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages   Copyright: CC BY
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  • CPDL #00117:        (Finale 1998)
Editor: Rafael Ornes (submitted 1999-08-26).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
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General Information

Title: As torrents in summer from Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf, Op. 30
Composer: Edward Elgar
Lyricist: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1896 Novello

Description: Work entered public domain in EU on 1 Jan 2006.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

As torrents in summer, Half dried in their channels,
Suddenly rise, tho' the sky is still cloudlesss.
For rain has been falling.
Far off at their fountains;

So hearts that are fainting Grow full to o'erflowing,
And they that behold it, Marvel, and know not
That God at their fountains
Far off has been raining!

German.png German translation

Wie Fluten im Sommer, halb versiegt in ihrem Bett,
plötzlich steigen, obwohl der Himmel noch wolkenlos ist,
denn Regen ist gefallen,
fern an ihren Quellen;

so schwellen verzagte Herzen
bis sie überfließen;
und wer dies sieht, staunt, nicht wissend,
dass fern an ihren Quellen Gott geregnet hat!