Go gentle soul (Henry Harington)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2008-06-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Go gentle soul
Composer: Henry Harington
Lyricist: Luís de Camões

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or keyboard

First published: 1800

Description: From "Songs, duets and other compositions by Doctor Harington of Bath never before published. Studio fallente laborem. London. Printed for the author & sold by the engraver E. Riley No. 8 Strand J. Preston No. 97 Strand Lintern's Bath &c". 1800

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Original text and translations

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Go gentle soul, supremely blessed,
from scenes of struggling virtue go,
from thy immortal feat of rest behold
our world of ling’ring woe.

From virtue’s source if sorrows rise,
while tears, my hopeless fate declare
O justify these endless sighs,
and now prefer one gracious pray’r.

If in thy bless’d repose above,
Fond fancy still the past surveys,
blame not sweet saint my ardent love,
wont in these longing eyes to blaze.

Bow to that awful hand divine,
Which made thy span of life so brief,
His mercy sue to shorten mine,
and grant a suffering soul relief.