Hail, hallow'd vault (Theodore Aylward)
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Title: Hail, hallow'd shade
Composer: Theodore Aylward
Lyricist: William Hayleycreate page
Number of voices: 2vv Voicing: SS
Genre: Secular, Glee
Instruments: Harpsichord, Violoncello The bass line is for either Violoncello or for Harpsichord (not both).
First published: c.1790 (n/d)
Description: "Eight canzonets for two soprano voices, dedicated by permission to their Royal Highnesses Princess Augusta and Princess Elizabeth" (and, one assumes, intended for domestic performance by the Royal Family).
Original text and translations
Hail, hallow'd vault, whose darksome caverns hold
A frame, tho' mortal, of no common mould;
A heart scarce sullied with a human flaw,
Which shunn'd no duty and transgress'd no law;
In joy still guarded, in distress serene,
Through life a model of the golden mean,
Which friendship only led him to transgress,
Whose purer spirit sanctifies excess.