Great god of sleep (Francis Hutcheson)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-01-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Great god of sleep
Composer: Francis Hutcheson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Hutcheson, son of the Scottish philosopher of the same name, was an amateur composer who published this and other works under the pseudonym of Francis Ireland. This glee was published in Warren's thirteenth collection of catches and glees.

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Original text and translations

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Great god of sleep, since it must be
That we must give some hours to thee,
Invade me not while the free bowl
Glows in my cheeks and warms my soul;
Then be my only time to snore
When I can laugh and drink no more;
Short, very short, be then thy reign,
For I'm in haste to laugh and drink again.

But oh, if melting in my arms
In some soft dream, with all her charms,
The nymph belov'd should then surprize
And grant what waking she denies;
Then gentle slumber prithee stay
Slowly, ah slowly, bring the day,
Let no rude noise my bliss destroy,
Such sweet delusion's real joy.