Beneath the silent rural cell (Henry Harington)

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General Information

Title: Beneath the silent rural cell
Composer: Henry Harington
Lyricist: Anon, probably the composercreate page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1780

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Original text and translations

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Beneath the silent rural cell
Of innocence and peace,
With sage retirement let me dwell
And taste each home-felt bliss.

O let me pierce the secret shade
Cheered by the warbling woods,
Or woo the venerable maid
Lulled by the gliding floods.

Then learn, when noon of life is past,
To calmly meet my end,
And feel my setting sun at last
The grave unfeared descend.