Language:Latin Instruments:A cappella, accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858)
Firstpublished: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.
Original text and translations
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.
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.