Nathaniel Patrick
(1569 - 1595)

Prepare to die
(S/T. Vn.Vn.Vn./Va.Va.Vc.)
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Little is known of Nathaniel Patrick that isn't derived from the title-page of his one printed work (now lost): "Songs of Sundrye Natures, whereof some are Divine, some are madrigalles and the rest psalms and hymns in Latin, by Nathaniel Patrick, sometyme Master of the Children of the Cathedral Church of Worcester and organist of the same" (1597). The small handful of consort songs that survive in manuscript are probably derived from this source.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Prepare to die: life lingers but a time.
Oh sighing, sobs and grievous groans surcease!
What trickling tears could cleanse such cruel crime?
This sinful soul on earth shall find no peace.
To blackest hell my guilty soul must pine;
O death draw near, no life so loath as mine.