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O HEART of Spring! <br>
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Spirit of light and love and joyous day <br>
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So soon to faint beneath the fiery Summer: <br>
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Still smiles the Earth, eager for thee alway: <br>
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Welcome art thou, so ever short thy stay, <br>
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Thou bold, thou blithe newcomer! <br>
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Whither, oh whither this thy journeying, <br>
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O Heart of Spring!         
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O Heart of Spring! <br>
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After the stormy days of Winter's reign <br>
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When the keen winds their last lament are sighing <br>
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The Sun shall raise thee up to life again: <br>
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In thy dim death thou shalt not suffer pain: <br>
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Surely thou dost not fear this quiet dying? <br>
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Whither, oh whither blithely journeying, <br>
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O Heart of Spring!
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O Heart of Spring! <br>
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Youth's emblem, ancient as unchanging light, <br>
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Uncomprehended, unconsumed, still burning: <br>
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Oh that we could, as thee, rise from the night <br>
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To find a world of blossoms lilac-white <br>
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And long-winged swallows unafraid returning... <br>
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Whither, oh whither this thy journeying, <br>
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O Heart of Spring!
  
 
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Editor: Mark Chapman (submitted 2020-01-16).   Score information: A4, 15 pages, 1.46 MB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes: The music may be freely performed etc. but the poem is copyright University of Sydney (Australia). When I spoke to them about it, they seemed pretty relaxed about non-commercial use.

General Information

Title: Heart of Spring
Composer: Mark Chapman
Lyricist: John Shaw Neilson (1872–1942)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: Never published

Description: This poem by an Australian author was set during a period where the composer made a point of seeking out poetry from his native country. It's a fairly old-fashioned poem, even for the period it was written, so the Stanford-like musical language used seemed appropriate. Choirs are invited to perform it with or without piano accompaniment.

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Original text and translations

Please note that this text is © University of Sydney Library and is not to be used for commercial purposes without permission https://sydneyuniversitypress.com.au/pages/contact-us

O HEART of Spring!
Spirit of light and love and joyous day
So soon to faint beneath the fiery Summer:
Still smiles the Earth, eager for thee alway:
Welcome art thou, so ever short thy stay,
Thou bold, thou blithe newcomer!
Whither, oh whither this thy journeying,
O Heart of Spring!

O Heart of Spring!
After the stormy days of Winter's reign
When the keen winds their last lament are sighing
The Sun shall raise thee up to life again:
In thy dim death thou shalt not suffer pain:
Surely thou dost not fear this quiet dying?
Whither, oh whither blithely journeying,
O Heart of Spring!

O Heart of Spring!
Youth's emblem, ancient as unchanging light,
Uncomprehended, unconsumed, still burning:
Oh that we could, as thee, rise from the night
To find a world of blossoms lilac-white
And long-winged swallows unafraid returning...
Whither, oh whither this thy journeying,
O Heart of Spring!