Samuel Webbe (junr.) (arr.)
(1768 - 1843)

The Charge is prepared
(A.T.B.)
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One of a set of six airs from the Beggar's Opera harmonized for three voices for concert performance.
Lyrics: John Gay

The charge is prepared, the lawyers are met,
The judges all ranged; a terrible shew.
I go undismayed, for death is a debt;
A debt on demand to pay what I owe.
Then farewell my love, my dear charmer adieu,
Contented to die, 'tis the better for you.
Here ends all contention the rest of our lives,
For this way, at once I please all of my wives.