Peace to the souls of the heroes (John Wall Callcott)

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General Information

Title: Peace to the souls of the heroes
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Ossian
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).

First published: 1791 The professional collection..
    2nd published: 1824 Horslety (memorial edition)
    3rd published: 1852 Novello's Glee Hive no.47

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Original text and translations

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From Fingal, by Ossian
"Peace," [said Cuthullin,] "to the souls of the heroes! their deeds were great in fight. Let them ride around me on clouds. Let them show their features of war. My soul shall then be firm in danger; mine arm like the thunder of heaven! But be thou on a moonbeam, O Morna! near the window of my rest; when my thoughts are of peace; when the din of arms is past.

Note: words in square brackets not included in the musical setting.