Calm night (John Liptrot Hatton)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-01-23). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 101 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Description: Lyrics are from The Golden Legend.
Original text and translations
The night is calm and cloudless,
And still as still can be,
And the stars come out to listen
To the music of the sea;
They gather, and gather, and gather,
Until they crowd the sky,
And listen, in breathless silence,
To the solemn Litany.
It begins in rocky caverns,
As a voice that chants alone
To the pedals of the organ
In monotonous undertone;
And anon from shelving beaches,
And shallow sands beyond,
In snow-white robes uprising,
The ghostly choirs respond:
And sadly, and unceasing,
The mournful voice runs on,
And the snow-white choirs still answer: