2 X 12" Versions of Balfe's "Excelsior" Col & Zono

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2 X 12" Versions of Balfe's "Excelsior" Col & Zono

Post by Gmemg » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:47 pm

This must be one of the Top Victorian Ballads - I've seen a few of the 10" Versions and think there may be a double sided 10" version somewhere but have yet to find it but i was delighted to find two different 12" versions recently and here they are , a typical Victorian Narrative Ballad based ont he Poem by longfellow

Here's the 12" Col Version by Hughes Macklin & Thorpe Bates Col L 1301

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHUW9DAdWy8


and This one which i think better sung by Ernest Pike & Peter Dawson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqPJzecfZH0

and here's the full version of the Poem

Excelsior
BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW
The shades of night were falling fast,
As through an Alpine village passed
A youth, who bore, 'mid snow and ice,
A banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

His brow was sad; his eye beneath,
Flashed like a falchion from its sheath,
And like a silver clarion rung
The accents of that unknown tongue,
Excelsior!

In happy homes he saw the light
Of household fires gleam warm and bright;
Above, the spectral glaciers shone,
And from his lips escaped a groan,
Excelsior!

"Try not the Pass!" the old man said;
"Dark lowers the tempest overhead,
The roaring torrent is deep and wide!"
And loud that clarion voice replied,
Excelsior!

"Oh stay," the maiden said, "and rest
Thy weary head upon this breast! "
A tear stood in his bright blue eye,
But still he answered, with a sigh,
Excelsior!

"Beware the pine-tree's withered branch!
Beware the awful avalanche!"
This was the peasant's last Good-night,
A voice replied, far up the height,
Excelsior!

At break of day, as heavenward
The pious monks of Saint Bernard
Uttered the oft-repeated prayer,
A voice cried through the startled air,
Excelsior!

A traveller, by the faithful hound,
Half-buried in the snow was found,
Still grasping in his hand of ice
That banner with the strange device,
Excelsior!

There in the twilight cold and gray,
Lifeless, but beautiful, he lay,
And from the sky, serene and far,
A voice fell like a falling star,
Excelsior!
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