Undeck'd by sculpture's trophies (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 106 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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Title: Undeck'd by sculpture's trophies
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: Anon
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATT
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1781
Description: "Epitaph in Weston chuch yard near Bath, upon an innkeeper's daughter aged ten years". The text is probably apocryphal, being recorded in tea-table miscellanies with various names, occupations, and ages. The parish has no record of this memorial.

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Original text and translations

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Undeck'd by sculpture's trophies gay,
This stone no flatt'ring tale can tell
Of her who claims this simple lay,
Of her who fills this narrow cell;
Save that in beauty's early bloom
The path of innocence she trod,
Save that her childhood found a tomb,
Save that her spirit rests with God.