Awake, Aeolian lyre (John Danby)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-01-17). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 218 kB Copyright: CC BY SA
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- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-03-24). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 120 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcription of the 1851 edition
Title: Awake, Aeolian lyre
Composer: John Danby
Lyricist: Thomas Gray
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Secular, Glee
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1783
2nd published: 1851 The Musical Times no.78
Description: This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal, 1783.
Original text and translations
Awake, Æolian lyre, awake,
And give to rapture all thy trembling strings.
From Helicon's harmonious springs
A thousand rills their mazy progress take:
The laughing flowers, that round them blow,
Drink life and fragrance as they flow.
Now the rich stream of music winds along
Deep, majestic, smooth, and strong,
Thro' verdant vales, and Ceres' golden reign:
Now rolling down the steep amain,
Headlong, impetuous, see it pour:
The rocks and nodding groves rebellow to the roar.