Toll Nelson's knell (Thomas Attwood)

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  • (Posted 2022-08-16)  CPDL #70443:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2022-08-16).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 158 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB edition. Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP.
  • (Posted 2021-10-18)  CPDL #66250:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 288 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: ATTB version. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Toll Nelson's knell
Composer: Thomas Attwood
Lyricist: William Lisle Bowles
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: ATTB or SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1805
Description: Dirge to the memory of Lord Viscount Nelson, publ. Monzani & Go, music sellers to the HRH the Prince of Wales. Attwood, as organist of St Paul's, contributed music to Nelson's state funeral in January 1806, including a Grand Dirge for the organ. This dirge is entirely different, being intended for glee club, or other secular, use.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Toll Nelson's knell; a soul more brave
Ne'er triumph'd on the green-sea wave.
Sad o'er the hero's honour'd grave,
Toll Nelson's knell.

The ball of death unerring flew;
His cheek has lost its ardent hue,
He sinks amid his gallant crew.
Toll Nelson's knell

Yet lift, brave chief thy dying eyes;
Hark, loud huzzas around thee rise;
Aloft the flag of conquest flies;
The day is won.

The day is won: peace to the brave;
But, whilst the joyous streamers wave,
We'll think upon the victor's grave.
Peace to the brave.