Venanzio Rauzzini
(1746 - 1810)

Rauzzini : To fair Fidele's grassy tomb : illustration

To fair Fidele's grassy tomb
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The Dirge in Cymbeline, harmonized by Mr Rauzzini & performed at the Bath concerts with unbounded applause. London, c.1805.
Lyrics: William Collins

To fair Fidele's grassy tomb
Soft maids and village hinds shall bring
Each opening sweet of earliest bloom,
And rifle all the breathing spring.
No wailing ghost shall dare appear
To vex with shrieks this quiet grove;
But shepherd lads assemble here,
And melting virgins own their love.

The redbreast oft, at evening hours,
Shall kindly lend his little aid,
With hoary moss, and gathered flowers,
To deck the ground where thou art laid.
Each lonely scene shall thee restore;
For thee the tear be duly shed;
Beloved till life can charm no more,
And mourned till pity's self be dead.