Warr's fatal alarm (Samuel Akeroyd)

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  • (Posted 2022-08-09)  CPDL #70317:         
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2022-08-09).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Warr's fatal alarm
Composer: Samuel Akeroyd
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1692 in The Gentlemen's Journal, or the Monthly Miscellany; April 1692, pg. 29-32

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Original text and translations

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Warr's fatal Alarms and the noise of great fights
shall never in tice me from safer delights,
let e'm fight to gain Honour by Battles in Fields,
no Charms are like those which quietness yields.
To Glory by dangers I ner'e will aspire,
but laugh at the bubbles mankind does admire.

False notions of Honour and vulgar mistakes,
provoke to the game where our lives are the Stakes;
too great is the hazard, too small is the prize,
then give me the man who's merry and wise,
that laughs at the Idols mankind does adore,
and takes the best measures to live to fourscore.