The nightingale (Lord Mornington)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-05)  CPDL #25098:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-12-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The nightingale
Composer: Lord Mornington
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Garret Wesley, 1st Earl of Mornington (in the Irish peerage) was the first Professor of Music at Trinity College, Dublin, and a prolific writer of glees.

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Original text and translations

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Sweet bird, that charm'st the hour of eve,
Still mindful of the ancient wrong,
While list'ning fairies learn to grieve
And pay with tears thy plaintive song;

What echo sweet these shades along
Shall kindly bear thy descant strain,
Where Laura, while its sounds convey
Soft pity for thy tender pain,
Ah, envied bird, shall bless thy lay.

"Sing on, sweet bird", the maid shall say,
"Cease, cruel maid", the fays return,
Nor strains of grief despise,
Echo a sadder tale shall learn,
Thy poet loves, and weeps, and dies.