Hail, bright Cecilia! (Henry Purcell)

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Hail, bright Cecilia!
1692
Henry Purcell

Overture

Hail! bright Cecilia, Hail!

Hark, each Tree its silence breaks

'Tis Nature's Voice; thro' all the moving Wood

Soul of the World!

Thou tun'st this World below, the Spheres above

With that sublime Celestial Lay

Wond'rous Machine!

The Airy Violin

In vain the Am'rous Flute and soft Guitar

The Fife and all the Harmony of War

Let these amongst themselves contest

With rapture of delight dost see – Hail! bright Cecilia, Hail to thee!

Hail! bright Cecilia, Hail to thee!

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