The earth trembled, Z 197 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-22)  CPDL #52981:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-01-22).   Score information: Unknown   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key, with original basso continuo part only (no editorial realization).
  • (Posted 2019-01-22)  CPDL #52979:       
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-01-22).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original key. Contains an editorial realization of the continuo part.

General Information

Title: The earth trembled, Z 197
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Francis Quarles

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SacredSacred song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1688
Description: Titled "On our Saviour's Passion."

Original text and translations

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The Earth trembled, and Heav'n's clos'd Eye
Was loth to see the Lord of Glory die;
The Sky was clad in Mourning, and the Spheres
Forgot their harmony; the Clouds drop'd Tears:
Th'ambitious Dead arose to give him room,
And ev'ry Grave did gape to be his Tomb.
Th'affrighted Heav'ns sent down Elegious Thunder;
The World's Foundation loos'd to lose its Founder.
Th'impatient Temple rent her Veil in two,
To teach our Hearts what our sad Hearts should do.
Can senseless things do this, and shall not I
Melt one poor drop, to see my Saviour die?
Drill forth my Tears, and trickle one by one,
'Till you have pierc'd this Heart of mine, this Stone.