Begin the song (John Danby)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-01-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Begin the song
Composer: John Danby
Lyricist: Abraham Cowley
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: Unknown
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1785

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Original text and translations

Unknown language

Begin the song, and strike the living lyre:
Lo, how the years to come,
A numerous and well-fitted quire
All hand in hand do decently advance,
And to my song with smooth
And equal measure dance.
While the dance lasts, how long so e'er it be,
My music's voice shall bear it company;
Till all gentle notes be drown'd
In the last trumpet's dreadful sound.