Consolation (Henry Thomas Smart)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2013-12-03). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 90 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the Novello edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format. Revised files uploaded 18/02/19.
Original text and translations
If life were fair around thee,
Fair as the heart had willed,
Without a grief to wound thee,
Or bright hope unfulfilled,
Mortal, for death preparing,
Could'st thou to death submit?
Thou would'st refuse, despairing,
A world so dear to quit
But, one by one, thou knowest,
Life's gentle bonds are riven,
So, cheered at heart, thou goest
Through earth’s deep grave to heaven!
The chains of fear are broken,
Hope's star is bright aloft!
Oft has this truth been spoken,
But never once too oft.