Mary Hudson
(c.1755 - 1801)

Epitaph on Henry Purcell
(S.S.A.T.B. + reduction)
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Between 1763 and 1794 Thomas Warren published, through differing publishers, an annual collection of catches, canons and glees, under the aegis of the Catch Club. This item was published in the tenth such collection.
Lyrics: Anon

Applaud so great a guest, celestial powers,
Who now resides with you, but once was ours.
Let invidious Earth no more reclaim
Her short-lived favourite and her chiefest fame
Complaining that so prematurely died
Good nature's pleasure and devotion's pride.
Died! No he lives while yonder organs sound,
And sacred echoes to the choir rebound,