Begin the song (John Danby)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-01-17). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 83 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
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First published: 1785
Original text and translations
Begin the song, and strike the living lyre:
Lo, how the years to come,
A numerous and well-fitted quire
All hand in hand do decently advance,
And to my song with smooth
And equal measure dance.
While the dance lasts, how long so e'er it be,
My music's voice shall bear it company;
Till all gentle notes be drown'd
In the last trumpet's dreadful sound.