Done to death by slanderous tongues (canzonet) (Theodore Aylward)

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General Information

Title: Done to death by slanderous tongues (canzonet)
Composer: Theodore Aylward
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Harpsichord, Violoncello The bass line is for either Violoncello or for Harpsichord (not both).

First published: c.1790 (n/d)
Description: From "Eight canzonets for two soprano voices, dedicated by permission to their Royal Highnesses Princess Augusta and Princess Elizabeth" (and, one assumes, intended for domestic performance by the Royal Family). The bass line is marked Violoncello or Harpsichord. Aylward also published a four part setting of this text for use as a glee.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Done to death by sland'rous tongues
Was the hero that here lies.
Death, in guerdon of her wrongs,
Gives her fame which never dies.
So the life that died in shame
Lives in death with glorious fame.