Phalia (Merit Woodruff)

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Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2018-05-11).   Score information: 7 x 10 inches (landscape), 2 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Phalia
First Line: In pleasure's flowery path to stray
Composer: Merit Woodruff
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SacredSet piece   Meter: 86. 86 (C.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800 in Devotional Harmony, pp. 47-48

Description: Words by an anonymous author, apparently only appearing in Devotional Harmony, 1800, reminiscent of Philip Doddridge's Indulgent God, with pitying eye.

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Original text and translations

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In pleasure's flowery path to stray
Our fond desires indulge;
Unmindful of the happy way
Which leads to joys divine.

Of lengthy days we vainly dream
Of numerous years to come,
Till death destroys our airy scheme,
And drops us in the tomb.