Why does beauteous Lina weep? (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-06)  CPDL #19006:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-03-06).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Why does beauteous Lina weep?
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Thomas James Mathiascreate page (1754-1835)
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

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Description: A 5 part glee

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Original text and translations

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From "Twilight of the gods" by Thomas James Mathias (1754-1835), lines 61-72

Why does beauteous Lina weep?
Whence those lorn notes in accent deep?
A day of war!—prepare, prepare:
Aloft in distant realms of air,
Mark the murd'rous monster stalk,
In printless majesty of walk.
Odin fearless meets the shock,
The towers of heaven around him rock;
Though arm'd in panoply divine,
He yields, and owns the fated sign;
To the mansions drear he turns:
In vain the beauteous Lina mourns.

Note: "Murd'rous monster" refers to the wolf monster Fenris, who killed Odin and was in turn killed by Odin's son.