Laughing song (Huub de Lange)

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Editor: Huub de Lange (submitted 2007-10-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: new version submitted 2012-11-07

General Information

Title: Laughing Song
Composer: Huub de Lange
Lyricist: William Blake

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella
Published: 2012

Description: Composition on a poem by William Blake (1757-1827). #3 from Four Blake Songs.

Composer's note: This is a new setting (November 2012). The old setting of this song had been a variation of a setting that was originally made for Hermann Hesse's poem Blumen nach einem Unwetter. On second thoughts I decided to keep the music exclusively for Hesse's poem and create this new version especially made for Blake's poem.

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Original text and translations

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When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;

When the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,
When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing 'Ha, ha he!'

When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
Where our table with cherries and nuts is spread:
Come live, and be merry, and join with me,
To sing the sweet chorus of 'Ha, ha, he!'