Let not rage, thy bosom firing (Thomas Arne)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-08). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 371 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
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Description: An air from his opera Artaxerxes, redrafted by Arne as a four part glee for the Earl of Eglinton, a founder member of the Catch Club.
Original text and translations
Let not rage, thy bosom firing,
Pity's gentle claim remove;
Spare a heart that's just expiring,
Forced by duty, racked by love.
Each ungentle thought suspending,
Judge of mine by thy soft breast;
Nor with rancour never-ending,
Heap fresh sorrows on th' opprest.
Heav'n, that ev'ry joy has crossed,
Ne'er my wretched state can mend.
I at once have lost
Father, brother, lover, friend.