Stephen Storace
(1762 - 1796)

Storace : The curfew tolls : illustration

The curfew tolls
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Setting of the opening stanzas of Gray's Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard pub. c.1782 in Storace's Eight Canzonets. The accompaniment is for piano or harp.
Lyrics: Thomas Gray

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day,
The lowing herd wind slowly o'er the lea,
The plowman homeward plods his weary way,
And leaves the world to darkness and to me.

Now fades the glimmering landscape on the sight,
And all the air a solemn stillness holds,
Save where the beetle wheels his drony flight,
And drowzy tinklings lull the distant fold.