The monument of Queen Elizabeth (James Hook)

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  • (Posted 2007-11-04)  CPDL #15306:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2007-11-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: Personal
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Title: The monument of Queen Elizabeth
Composer: James Hook

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Elizabeth was buried in Westminster Abbey. The wax effigy carried on her funeral hearse was remade in 1760, and can today be found in the Abbey Museum. I have transferred the format of this catch to modern notation. The true meaning, ruder than the lyrics might suggest, is revealed in the hocket. Naughty Mr Hook (one of Jane Austen's favourite composers).

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Original text and translations

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The body of great Elizabeth lies here;
To Britons’ foes the scourge, to Britons dear.
Up to her chin in ruff the waxen figure stands,
Grasping the globe and sceptre with both hands.
Interred beneath this place the body lies,
But well-earned fame and honour never dies.
To name her great exploits would be absurd;
There she stands in wax and here she lies interred.