There is a Paradise on Earth (Pearsall, Robert Lucas)


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Publisher. Info. Novello’s Part-Song Book (Second Series), vol. xi, no.324.
London: Novello, Ewer and Co., n.d.[ca.1873].
Misc. Notes Scan of a photocopy.
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General Information

Work Title There Is a Paradise On Earth
Alternative. Title There Is a Paradise On Earth. A Four-Part Song. Translated from the German of Hölty.
Composer Pearsall, Robert Lucas
Key E major
Librettist Composer, after Ludwig Christoph Heinrich Hölty (1748–1776)
Language English
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Romantic
Piece Style Romantic
Instrumentation Alto, Tenor, 2 Bass, with piano accompaniment

Misc. Comments


There is a paradise on earth
When flow'rs, to hail the summer's birth
From tree and grass are springing;
When perfumes rise to scent the gale,
And birds, in ev'ry grove and vale,
To welcome it are singing.

But fairer still, a lovely maid,
In all the charm of youth array'd,
No aid from art requiring;
All other flow'rs we cast aside,
And gaze with joy inspired pride,
Enraptur'd and admiring.

Translated from the German:

Es ist ein halbes Himmelreich,
Wenn Paradiesesblumen gleich,
Aus Klee die Blumen dringen,
Und wenn die kleinen Vögellein,
Im Garten hier, und dort im Hayn,
Auf grünen Bäumen singen.

Doch das ist noch ein reines Weib,
Von Seele gut, und schön von Leib,
In ihrer Jugendblüthe.
Wir laßen alle Blumen stehn,
Das liebe Weibchen anzusehn,
Und freun uns ihrer Güte.

Minnelied, from Sämtliche Werke (1913)
[Hölty, Ludwig Heinrich Christoph
Volume: 1, Weimar, Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen #56, p. 116]