Hence, loathed melancholy (Henry Lahee)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-04-10). Score information: A4, 12 pages, 167 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
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.
Original text and translations
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.