The Power of Musick (Supply Belcher)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-26)  CPDL #41246:     
Editor: Aaron Giles (submitted 2016-09-26).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from The Harmony of Maine

General Information

Title: The Power of Musick
First Line: Hark! some soft swell pants on the evening breeze
Composer: Supply Belcher
Lyricist: Amos Stoddardcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1794 in The Harmony of Maine

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Hark! some soft swell pants on the ev'ning breeze,
The ocean smoothes and stills the rustling trees;
'Tis Pindar's harp in more than Pythian strain,
Now strung to charm with song each mental pain.

Thus musick's soft alarms can A'te's rage control.
And lull in dreams of ecstacy the tortur'd soul.

Revolting at the sound, the savage sighs,
And friendship sparkles in the tyger's eyes:
Lo! Jove's fierce bolts in rapid flight expire
While hissing serpents drop their vengeful ire.

Pale sorrows die, alternate passions move,
Awakes despair or softens into love;
In wild disorder haggard envy starts,
And joy on sullen melancholy darts.