Epitaph on a Dormouse (Benjamin Cooke)

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  • (Posted 2023-10-05)  CPDL #76074:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-10-05).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 260 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2008-05-15)  CPDL #16468:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2008-05-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
  • (Posted 2006-04-20)  CPDL #11517:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: Robert Nottingham (submitted 2006-04-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Epitaph on a Dormouse
Composer: Benjamin Cooke

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: from "A collection of glees, catches and canons composed by Benjamin Cooke, organist of Westminster Abbey". London, c.1780

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Original text and translations

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“Words said to have been written by a child.”

In paper case, hard by this place,
Dead a poor dormouse lies;
And soon or late, summon'd by fate,
Each prince, each monarch dies.

Ye sons of verse, while we rehearse,
Attend instructive rhyme;
No sins had Dor to answer for:
Repent of yours in time.