Come, ye Sons of Art, Z 323 (Henry Purcell)

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Complete work

  • (Posted 2007-11-19)  CPDL #15467:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2007-11-19).   Score information: A4, 33 pages, 588 kB   Copyright: CC BY-SA 3.0
Edition notes: Revised 17 March 2008 to correct an error in tenor part of See, Nature rejoicing (bar 546). Revised 10 October 2008 with complete keyboard reduction from movement 8 onward to end.

2nd Chorus, Come, ye Sons of Art

  • (Posted 2006-01-15)  CPDL #10741:      (Sibelius 3)
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-01-15).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 52 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Included in the TUMS Busking Book. Choir parts only, corresponding to bars 116–143 of vocal score above (CPDL #15467).

Sound the trumpet

  • (Posted 2007-01-05)  CPDL #13351:      (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Dale McIntyre (submitted 2007-01-05).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Solo CtCt

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Complete work

  • (Posted 2007-02-23)  CPDL #13638:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2007-02-23).   Score information: A4, 63 pages, 958 kB   Copyright: CC BY-SA 3.0
Edition notes: revised 10 October 2008, now encompassing the complete work.


  • (Posted 2004-01-17)  CPDL #06531:  IMSLP.png PDF and MusiXTeX files available.
Editor: Martin Straeten (submitted 2004-01-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Full score of opening movement of the Ode.

2nd Chorus, Come, ye Sons of Art

  • (Posted 2002-03-19)  CPDL #03378:   
Editor: Luciano Bibiloni (submitted 2002-03-19).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 164 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Full score of 2nd chorus, following counter-tenor duet Sound the trumpet.

Strike the viol

  • (Posted 2008-03-18)  CPDL #16377:  Network.png
Editor: William Long (submitted 2008-03-18).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: These settings of the song are based on that found in Orpheus Britannicus. That setting for soprano in c minor has been transposed down to a minor for the soprano and d minor for the alto. The recorder parts are not included in Orpheus Britannicus, but have been added from Come ye Sons of Art. Separate settings are provided for soprano and alto voices.


  • (Posted 2008-03-16)  CPDL #16368:   
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2008-03-16).   Score information: A4, 84 pages, 1.23 MB   Copyright: CC BY-SA 3.0
Edition notes: revised 10 October 2008. Parts contained: 2 violins, viola, 2 oboes, 2 recorder, 2 trumpets (in C and D), timpani, instrumental bass, and continuo (keyboard). The recorder parts are cued into the oboe parts, as in some performances the same players play both oboe and recorder; if so, the separate recorder parts are dispensable. If however, the recorders are played by additional players, then ad libitum parts are provided for descant including the final section, See, Nature rejoicing.


  • (Posted 2018-09-09)  CPDL #51276:  Network.png
Editor: Agnès Blin (submitted 2018-09-09).   Score information: A4, 76 pages, 993 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Agnès Blin. Arrangement pour SSAA et orchestre à cordes et clavecin. D'après le manuscrit Rés.F.1713(1) de la Bibliothèque Nationale de France. avec adaptation à l'usage courant de la règle des altérations accidentelles, des clés usuelles, et correction des fautes flagrantes du manuscrit.

General Information

Title: Come, ye Sons of Art
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Soloists: Soprano, high counter-tenor, counter-tenor, bass.
Catalogue Number: Z 323
Genre: SecularCantata

Language: English
Instruments: Baroque chamber orchestra: 2 flutes (treble recorders), 2 oboes, bassoon, 2 trumpets, timpani, 2 violins, viola, double bass, basso continuo

First published:
Description: Birthday ode composed for the birthday of Queen Mary, 30 April 1694. The duet "Sound the trumpet", in which that instrument is silent, may have been a practical joke: Michael Shore played in Purcell's band, and the other "listening shore" was perhaps his brother, also a trumpeter.

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Movements in this work

1. Sinfonia
2. Come ye Sons of art – Ritornello, countertenor solo, and chorus
3. Sound the trumpet – Countertenor duet
4. Come ye Sons of art – Ritornello and chorus
5. Strike the viol, touch the lute – Countertenor solo and ritornello
6. The day that such a blessing gave – Bass solo and chorus
7. Bid the virtues, bid the graces – Soprano solo
8. These are the sacred charms – Bass solo
9. See nature, rejoicing – Soprano and bass duet and chorus

Original text and translations

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2. Come, ye Sons of Art, come away,
Tune all your voices and instruments play
To celebrate this triumphant day.

3. Sound the trumpet, till around
You make the list'ning shores rebound.
On the sprightly hautboy play;
All the instruments of joy,
That skilful numbers can employ,
To celebrate the glories of this day.

4. Come, ye Sons of Art, come away,
Tune all your voices and instruments play
To celebrate this triumphant day.

5. Strike the viol, touch the lute,
Wake the harp, inspire the flute.
Sing your patroness's praise,
In cheerful and harmonious lays.

6. The day that such a blessing gave
No common festival should be.
What it justly seem'd to crave,
Grant, o grant, and let it have
The honour of a Jubilee.

7. Bid the virtues, bid the graces
To the sacred shrine repair
Round the altar take their places
Blessing with returns of pray'r
Their great defender's care,
While Maria's royal zeal
Best instructs you how to pray
Hourly from her own
Conversing with the Eternal Throne.

8. These are the sacred charms that shield
Her daring hero in the field;
Thus she supports his righteous cause,
Thus to aid his immortal pow'r she draws.

9. See Nature, rejoicing, has shown us the way,
With innocent revels to welcome the day.
The tuneful grove, and talking rill,
The laughing vale, the replying hill,
With charming harmony unite,
The happy season to invite.
What the Graces require,
And the Muses inspire,
Is at once our delight and our duty to pay.
Thus Nature, rejoicing, has shown us the way,
With innocent revels to welcome the day.