Francis Hutcheson
(c.1722 - 1773)

How sleep the brave
(T.T.B.)
Full score (PDF), €0.20 for a single copy   Buy this item
Choir offer (PDF), €1.00 for 9 copies   Buy this item
Printable cover page (PDF), €0.00 for unlimited copies   Download this item

Please click here to report any problem obtaining a PDF
Page 1 of 3
Hutcheson, son of the Scottish philosopher of the same name, was an amateur composer who published this and other works under the pseudonym of Francis Ireland.
Lyrics: William Collins

Ode written in the beginning of the year 1746

How sleep the brave who sink to rest
By all their country's wishes blest!
By fairy hands their knell is rung,
By forms unseen their dirge is sung;
There Honour comes, a pilgrim grey,
To bless the turf that wraps their clay;

And Freedom shall a while repair,
To dwell a weeping hermit there.
When Spring, with dewy fingers cold,
Returns to deck their hallow'd mould,
She there shall dress a sweeter sod
Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.