To a friend sincere (Robert Cooke)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-10).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 365 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: To a friend sincere
Composer: Robert Cooke
Lyricist: Thomas Russellcreate page
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1794 Warren's thirty-second collection
Description: "Epitaph to a late member of The (Glee) Club".

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Original text and translations

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To a friend sincere, to a comrade gay,
Who brought care on himself to drive our cares away;
Who lov'd still to laugh, yet ne'er wish'd to offend
And, a friend to mankind, found mankind not a friend.
To a spirit so rare let us ever be just,
Nor forget him, poor fellow, tho' laid in the dust.
Then haste with your myrtles to hang on his shrine;
With odours enrich it, bedew it with wine.
Ne'er cease on his turf early roses to bloom,
And green be the laurel that waves o'er his tomb.