Cara vale (John Wall Callcott)

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  • (Posted 2007-08-12)  CPDL #14718:        (Sibelius 5)
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2007-08-12).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Cara vale
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Robert Lowth

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella, accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858)

First published: 1824
or earlier Description: Set to an elegy composed by Robert Lowth, bishop of London (1710-1787), written on the death of his daughter. Poem written in classical Latin elegiac couplets.

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Cara, vale! ingenio praestans, pietate, pudore,
Et plus quam natae nomine cara, vale!
Cara Maria, vale! At veniet felicius aevum,
Quando iterum tecum, sim modo dignus, ero.
Cara, redi, laeta tum dicam voce, paternos
Eia! age in amplexus, cara Maria, redi.

English.png English translation

From 1834 New England Magazine
Dear one, farewell! with genius blessed,
With grace and piety,
But dearer by a daughter's name,
Alas ! farewell to thee
Farewell, Maria dear! a happier time
Will surely be,
When I again, if worthy found,
Shall meet with thee.
Dear one, return ! with joyful voice
My words will be,
Come to thy father's arms, Maria dear,
Return again to me.