Awake, Aeolian lyre (John Danby)

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  • (Posted 2022-01-17)  CPDL #67601:  Network.png
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

General Information

Title: Awake, Aeolian lyre
Composer: John Danby
Lyricist: Thomas Gray
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1783
    2nd published: 1851 The Musical Times no.78
Description: This glee gained a Catch Club prize medal, 1783.

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Original text and translations

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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.