Music, music, thou queen of souls (William Smegergill)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-17)  CPDL #65157:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-07-17).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 265 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: The text from the complete works of Randolph, published in 1917 and edited by John Jay Parry, has been used.

General Information

Title: Music, music, thou queen of souls
Composer: William Smegergill
Lyricist: Thomas Randolph
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1653
Description: An ode to music for 3 solo voices and 3 part choir. May be part of a set with "Welcome to the grove"

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Original text and translations

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Music, music, thou queen of souls, get up and string
Thy pow'rful lute and some sad requiem sing,
Till rocks requite thy echo with a groan,
And the dull cliffs repeat the duller tone.
Then on a sudden with a nimble hand
Run gently o'er the chords and so command
The pine to dance, the oak his roots forgo
The holm and aged elm to foot it too.
Myrtles shall caper, lofty cedars run
And call the courtly palm to make up one.
Then in the midst of all their jolly train,
strike a sad note and fix 'em trees again.