Ah lovely appearance of death! (Benjamin Milgrove)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2013-01-26).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 54 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Ah lovely appearance of death!
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove
Lyricist: Charles Wesley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SacredHymn   Meter: 88. 88. D (anapestic)

Language: English
Instruments: Organ

First published: 1768 in Sixteen hymns, no.  
Description: "A Funeral Hymn by the Revd. Mr C. Wesley, set to Music on the Death of the Right Honourable the Earl of Buchan, who died ye 1st of December, 1767. His Life was honourable, his Death blessed; He sought earnestly Peace with God; He found it to his unspeakable Joy, and alone in the Merits of Christ Jesus, Witnessed by the Holy Spirit to his soul. He yet speaketh. Go thou and do likewise."
The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.
It is not known whether the Earl of Buchan had stronger ties to the Bath outpost of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion beyond proximity (he died in Walcot); nor why he should have been the beneficiary of Wesley's most lugubrious yet mawkish sentiments.

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Original text and translations

Original text and translations may be found at Ah lovely appearance of death!.