Desolate is the dwelling of Morna (John Wall Callcott)

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Title: Desolate is the dwelling of Morna
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Ossian (James Macpherson)create page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800

Description: Composed on 31st December, 1799 at Blenheim and dedicated to the Duke and Duchess of Marlborough.

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Original text and translations

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Desolate is the dwelling of Morna;
silence in the house of her fathers.
Raise the song of mourning, O bards,
over the land of strangers.
They have but fallen before us,
for one day we must fall.
Yet, a few years, and the blast of the desert comes
and whistles round the half-worn shield.
Let the blast of the desert come,
we shall be renowned in our day.
The mark of my arm shall be in battle,
my name in the song of bards.