Lament and mourn, he's dead and gone (Simon Ives)
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First published: 1812
Description: An elegy upon the death of William Lawes, quoted by John Stafford Smith in his Musica Antiqua; his source is unknown.
The death of Lawes at the siege of Chester was memorialised in several similar puns, e.g. "Will. Lawes was killed by those whose wills were Lawes".
Original text and translations
Lament and mourn, he's dead and gone
That was the most renowned one:
General of the forces all
In Europe that were musical.
Have we not cause to weep and mourn,
When as the children yet unborn
May make us sad
To think that neither girl nor boy
Shall ever live for to enjoy
Such Lawes as once we had.