While fools their time (John Stafford Smith)

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  • (Posted 2021-09-15)  CPDL #65798:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-15).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 168 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: with accompaniment by Vincent Novello.
  • (Posted 2021-09-13)  CPDL #65777:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 312 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition prepared from a primary source

General Information

Title: While fools their time
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: Alexander Pope
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1776 Warren's fifteenth collection
    2nd published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.23
Description: This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal in 1776.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

While fools their time in stormy strife employ,
Be ours engag'd in union, peace and joy.
Thus the blest gods the genial day prolong
In feasts ambrosial and celestial song.
Apollo tunes the lyre; the muses round
With voice alternate aid the silver sound.
Wisely, we imitate the pow'rs divine;
Peace at our heart, and pleasure our design.