Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard (Thomas Arne)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-08).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 280 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1778 Warren's fifteenth collection

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Original text and translations

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Sweet muse inspire thy suppliant bard,
Heroic ardour to record.
In vain the fervent prayer I move.
Hark! Every echo whispers love;
I'll raise the theme to acts renowned.
Ah, no! 'Tis love, no other sound.
Farewell then, patriot, hero, king,
My muse of nought but love can sing.