Oh, welcome him! (Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-15)   CPDL #55056:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-15).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Oh, welcome him!
Composer: Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens
Lyricist: William Duthie

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1872 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 5, no. 165


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Original text and translations

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1  Oh, welcome him, welcome him! greet him with song;
Full and clear, loud and strong;
From the burden of sadness
Raise your voices in gladness.
The perils of land and of ocean are past,
We welcome the rover turned homeward at last.
No longer we dream of that desolate shore:
The waves shall divide us no more, no more!
The night was dark, the wind blew cold,
Beneath our feet the gleaming sea rolled.
'Mid hazy light we marked the ship
While silence bound each quivering lip,
The strong waves woke a sorrowing sound,
As loud they smote the echoing ground,
Long ere arose the wakening day,
His bark had borne him far away.

2  Our jubilee, this shall be; welcome him home!
From the sea, bright with foam;
On the wings of the swallow,
To the homestead we hallow.
The tempest of life can endure but awhile;
We'll lull it today with a song and a smile.
Our parting we'll leave to the sorrowful past,
Nor think that the heavens were e'er o'ercast.
The morn was bright, the sunshine cold,
The waves o'erspread with glittering gold.
The wind was fresh, the sea was clear, was clear.
The good ship drew more near and dear.
With cry of joy, he bounded on land,
Oh, kiss of lip! oh, pressure of hand!
Oh joy that almost trembled in pain,
We ne'er will part with him again!