Gentle manners, virtuous lives (Samuel Webbe)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-01-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 205 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Gentle manners, virtuous lives
Composer: Samuel Webbe
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1792

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Original text and translations

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Gentle manners, virtuous lives,
Make easy husbands, happy wives;
These are the only means we know
To make a little heav'n below.

Angry manners, vicious lives,
Make wretched husbands, cursed wives;
And hence such evils take their birth,
Which make a little hell on earth.

Two easy things will satisfy mankind;
An easy fortune and an easy mind:
But the one thing that gives a man content
Is a good conscience from a life well spent.