Words: Sarah Williams (1837–1868).
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn (1732–1809).
Range: 15 half-steps
Difficulty: Harder to learn.
Though my soul may set in darkness,
it will rise in perfect light;
( ) I have loved the stars too
fondly to be fearful of the
night, fearful of the night.
The words are a slight variation of a couplet from Sarah Williams’s 1868 poem “The Old Astronomer,” sometimes known as “The Old Astronomer to His Pupil.”
We don’t know who set these words to this music.
Recorded by The Rounds Galore and More Singers: “Perfect Light,” on Rounds Galore … and More, Volume 3.