Warren (Abraham Wood)

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  • (Posted 2016-09-26)   CPDL #41245:   
Editor: Aaron Giles (submitted 2016-09-26).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Transcribed from The Columbian Harmony

General Information

Title: Warren
First Line: Descend immortal muse, inspire my song
Composer: Abraham Wood
Lyricist:

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1793 in The Columbian Harmony, p. 22

Description: An elegy to the fallen army officer Joseph Warren, who died courageously at the age of 34 in the Battle of Bunker Hill.

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Original text and translations

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Descend immortal muse, inspire my song,
Let mournful numbers gently flow along:
And thou my lyre, in solemn notes complain,
And in sad accents speak thy pain.

Let melting music tremble on thy strings,
While in concording sounds the goddess sings;
Sings hapless Alpeus in the gloomy grave:

Alpeus the gay, the beauteous and the brave!
Who with the thirst of glory fir'd,
Courageous in his country's cause expir'd.