Forgive blessed shade (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-29)  CPDL #19126:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-03-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Forgive blessed shade
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Lee Richmondcreate page (first name may be spelt "Leigh")

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSB
Genre: SacredGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published: 1795
Description: A three part sacred glee on the text of an epitaph originally from a gravestone in Brading, Hampshire, England.

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Original text and translations

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Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear,
That mourns thy exit from a world like this;
Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here,
And stayed thy progress to the realms of bliss.
No more confined to grov'ling scenes of night--
No more a tenant pent in mortal clay;
Now should we rather hail thy glorious flight,
And trace thy journey to the realms of day.