Forgive blessed shade (John Wall Callcott)

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Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2009-03-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Forgive blessed shade
Composer: John Wall Callcott
Lyricist: Lee (or Leigh) Richmondcreate page
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella (originally). Piano accompaniment added by William Horsley (1774-1858).
Published: 1795

Description: A three part sacred glee on the text of an epitaph originally from a gravestone in Brading, Hampshire, England.

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Original text and translations

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<poem>

Forgive, blest shade, the tributary tear,

That mourns thy exit from a world like this;

Forgive the wish that would have kept thee here,

And stayed thy progress to the realms of bliss.

No more confined to grov'ling scenes of night--

No more a tenant pent in mortal clay;

Now should we rather hail thy glorious flight,

And trace thy journey to the realms of day.