The sullen years are past (John Blow)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-28)  CPDL #55202:     
Editor: Nickel van Duijvenboden (submitted 2019-08-28).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original version based on the one found in ‘Amphion Anglicus’ by John Blow (1700).

General Information

Title: The sullen years are past
Composer: John Blow

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1700
Description: This song was composed to celebrate the birthday of Queen Mary II (1662-1694).

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The sullen years are past
Yet repine not at the least
Since William and Maria reign
Safe in its course amidst the storm
From plots and deaths in ev’ry form
To fix the world again, again

Dutch.png Dutch translation

De sombere jaren zijn voorbij
Maar voel niet het minste onbehagen
Want William en Mary heersen
Met vaste koers temidden van de storm
Behoeden ze ons voor samenzweringen en sterfte
En verbeteren de wereld opnieuw en opnieuw

Translation by Nickel van Duijvenboden 2019.