Epitaph on Henry Purcell (Mary Hudson)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-03-07).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Epitaph on Henry Purcell
Composer: Mary Hudson

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: A tenth Collection of Catches, Canons and Glees for three, four, five and six voices. Most humbly inscribed to the NOBLEMEN and GENTLEMEN of the Catch Club at the Thatch'd House Tavern, St James's by their much oblig'd and devoted servant Thos. Warren. Pr. 10/6. London. Printed by Welcker in Gerrard Street, St. Ann's, Soho.

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Original text and translations

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Applaud so great a guest, celestial pow'rs.
Who now resides with you, but once was ours.
Yet let invidious earth no more reclaim
Her short-liv'd fav'rite and her chiefest fame
Complaining that so prematurely died
Good-nature's pleasure and devotion's pride.
Died? No, he lives while yonder organ’s sound
And sacred echoes to the choir rebound.