Awake, ye dead, Z 182 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2015-03-07)  CPDL #34748:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-03-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 491 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Awake, ye dead
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Nahum Tate

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: BB
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1693

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Original text and translations

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Awake, awake, ye dead, the trumpet calls,
Awake, awake, to sleep no more;

Hark! from aloft the frozen region falls,
With noise so loud it deafs the ocean's roar;
Alarm'd, amaz'd the clatt'ring orbs come down.

The virtuous soul alone appears,
Unmov'd, while earth's foundations shake,
Ascends, and mocks the universal wreck.