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O holy virgin! clad in purest white

Language: English

O holy virgin! clad in purest white,
Unlock heaven's golden gates, and issue forth;
Awake the dawn that sleeps in heaven; let light
[Rise]1 from the chambers of the east, and bring
The honey'd dew that cometh on waking day.
O radiant morning, salute the sun
Roused like a huntsman to the chase, and with
Thy buskin'd feet appear [upon]2 our hills.
[O radiant morning appear on our hills]3

Translation(s): CZE

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1 Mitchell: "Arise"
2 Mitchell: "on"
3 added by Mitchell

Submitted by Emily Ezust [Administrator]


Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Text added to the website between May 1995 and September 2003.

Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:01:21

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Word count: 69

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Language: Czech (Čeština) after the English

Ó svatá dívko, v nejčistější bělost
ty oděna, ach, otevř zlaté brány
a vyjdi z nich, šer probuď, který v nebi
spí posud, světlo ve Východu jizbách
ať vládne tebou, přines rosu sladkou,
jež vždycky přichází s dnem, jenž se budí.
Ó zářné Jitro, Slunce pozdrav, ze snu
jež probouzí se jako lovec k honbě,
slez okřídlenou patou naše vrchy!

Confirmed with Moderní básníci angličtí (1700—1800), překlady Jaroslava Vrchlického. Praha : Jos. R. Vilímek, vyd. c1900, page 69.

Submitted by Andrew Schneider [Guest Editor]


Based on
  • a text in English by William Blake (1757 - 1827), "To Morning"
      • This text was set to music by the following composer(s): Hugo Vernon Anson, Malcolm Henry Arnold, Sir Edward Cuthbert Bairstow, Granville Ransome Bantock, Sir, William Henry Bell, William Bolcom, Christopher Montague Edmunds, Eric Fogg, Felix Gethen, Richard Bamford Lane, Frank Lewin, Charles Harford Lloyd, Otto Luening, James Lyon, William James Mathias, John Mitchell, Laurence Powell, Winthrop L. Rogers, Michael Edward Rose, Robert Michael Spearing, Norma Ruth Wendelburg, Rudolph T. Werther, Richard M. Willis. Go to the text.

Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)

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Text added to the website: 2019-05-17 00:00:00.

Last modified: 2019-05-19 08:23:11

Line count: 9
Word count: 60