Under this stone lies Gabriel John, Z 286 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2004-09-21)  CPDL #07915:  Network.png
Editor: Fernando Gómez Jácome (submitted 2004-09-21).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: An Old Epitaph
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: 3 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Under this stone lies Gabriel John,
in the year of our Lord one thousand and one.
Cover his head with turf or stone, 'tis all one,
with turf of stone, tis all one.

Pray for the soul of gentle John;
if you please you may,
or let it alone, tis all one.

French.png French text

C'est sous cette pierre que gît Gabriel John
En l'année de notre Seigneur mille et un.
Couvre sa tête de tourbe
ou de pierre, c'est pareil.

Prie pour l'âme du bon John
Si tu veux,
ou laisse-le, c'est pareil.