O sacred friendship, heaven's delight (Benjamin Cooke)

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Title: O sacre friendship, heaven's delight
Composer: Benjamin Cooke
Lyricist: Miguel de Cervantescreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1775
Warren's Collection of vocal harmony Description: 

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Original text and translations

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O sacred friendship, heaven's delight,
Who, tired with man's unequal mind,
Took to thy native skies thy flight
While scarce thy shadow's left behind;
From thee, diffusive good below,
Peace and her train of joys we trace,
But falsehood, with dissembled show,
Too oft usurps thy sacred place.

Blessed genius, then resume thy seat;
Destroy imposture and deceit,
Which in thy dress confound the ball.
Harmonious peace and truth renew,
Shew the false friendship from the true,
Or nature must to chaos fall.