Let not rage, thy bosom firing (Thomas Arne)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-11-08).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 371 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Let not rage, thy bosom firing
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: Pietro Metastasio
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: An air from his opera Artaxerxes, redrafted by Arne as a four part glee for the Earl of Eglinton, a founder member of the Catch Club.

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Original text and translations

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Let not rage, thy bosom firing,
Pity's gentle claim remove;
Spare a heart that's just expiring,
Forced by duty, racked by love.

Each ungentle thought suspending,
Judge of mine by thy soft breast;
Nor with rancour never-ending,
Heap fresh sorrows on th' opprest.

Heav'n, that ev'ry joy has crossed,
Ne'er my wretched state can mend.
I at once have lost
Father, brother, lover, friend.