Why wail we thus? (George Kirbye)
- Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 108 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-28). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 65 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From the 1892 edition, edited by G. E. P. Arkwright. 3/1 time signature in central section changed to 3/2.
- Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-15). Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 99 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 V. M. Brennan
Title: Why wail we thus?
Composer: George Kirbye
Original text and translations
Why wail we thus, why weary we the gods with plaints,
as if some evil were to her betight?
She reigns a goddess now among the saints,
that whilome was the saint of shepherds light,
and is installed now in heaven's height.
I see thee, blessed soul, I see,
walk in Elysian fields so free.
O, happy hearse, might I once come to thee,
O, that I might…
O, joyful verse.