The airy Violin And lofty Viol quit the Field; In vain they tune their speaking Strings To court the cruel Fair, or praise Victorious Kings. Whilst all thy consecrated Lays Are to more noble Uses bent; And every grateful Note to Heav'n repays The Melody it lent.
- by Nicholas Brady (1659 - 1726) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Henry Purcell (1658/9 - 1695), "The airy violin", Z. 328 no. 9 (1692) [ counter-tenor and orchestra ], from the incidental music to Hail, bright Cecilia - or Ode to St. Cecilia, no. 9 [sung text checked 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Guy Laffaille [Guest Editor]
This text was added to the website: 2013-10-23
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