Cecilia, more than all the muses skilled (Samuel Webbe)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-02-07).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 169 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Cecilia, more than all the muses skilled
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: William Congrevecreate page
Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1795 (n/d)
Description: A setting of Congreve's Ode to St Cecilia, a glee rather than an item with a liturgical use.

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Original text and translations

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Cecilia, more than all the muses skilled;
Phœbus himself must to her yield.
And at her feet lay down
His golden harp and laurel crown.
The soft enervate lyre is drowned
In the deep organ's more majestic sound.
In peals the swelling notes ascend the skies;
Perpetual breath the swelling notes supplies,
And lasting as her name, who formed the tuneful frame.