Up then, Melpomene (George Kirbye)
- Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 101 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-24). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 62 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Based on the 1892 Arkwright edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
- Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-15). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 90 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 V. M. Brennan
Title: Up then, Melpomene
Composer: George Kirbye
Description: 1st part of a 2-part madrigal, the 2nd part being Why wail we thus?
Original text and translations
Up, then, Melpomene, the mournful'st Muse of nine,
Such cause of mourning never had'st afore.
Up, grisly ghosts, and up my rueful rime,
Matter of mirth now shalt thou have no more,
For dead she is, that mirth thee made of yore:
Dido, my dear, alas, is dead;
Dead and lieth wrap'd in lead.
O, heavy hearse,
Let streaming tears be poured out in store.
O, careful verse.