Hence, loathed melancholy (Henry Lahee)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-07).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 611 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Hence, loathed melancholy
Composer: Henry Lahee
Lyricist: John Milton

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella, or Keyboard acc.

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 424
Description: The lyrics are from Milton's l'Allegro ed il Pensieroso. Winner of the 1878 Manchester Gentlemen's Glee Club Prize.

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Original text and translations

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Hence, loathed Melancholy,
Of Cerberus and blackest Midnight born,

But come, thou Goddess fair and free,
In Heav’n yclep’d Euphrosyne.

Haste thee, nymph, and bring with thee
Jest, and youthful jollity,
Quips, and cranks, and wanton wiles,
Nods, and becks, and wreathed smiles,

These delights, if thou canst give,
Mirth, with thee I mean to live.