Go, feeble tyrant (William Jackson of Exeter)

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General Information

Title: Go, feeble tyrant
Composer: William Jackson of Exeter
Lyricist: John Hanwaycreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1795 Six Epigrams Op. 17
Description: Intended for performance at all-male glee clubs. The top line would have been taken by boys, usually drafted in from the local cathedral choir.

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Original text and translations

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Go, feeble tyrant, and in vain
Thy fruitless conquest boast;
The slave who once has felt thy chain
Enjoys his triumph most.

Exert, alas, thy harmless hate,
Thy frowns and cold disdain;
Since double pleasure they create,
To think them spent in vain.

The sailor thus of danger free
From the securer shore
Looks back with joy, and laughs to see
The storms he felt before.