Number Four (Daniel Belknap)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-28)   CPDL #37697:       
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-28).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 59 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Oval note edition. One small edit, otherwise as written in 1797. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • (Posted 2015-11-28)   CPDL #37696:   
Editor: Barry Johnston (submitted 2015-11-28).   Score information: Unknown, 1 page, 90 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Note shapes added (4-shape).

General Information

Title: Number Four
First Line: Mankind must all return to dust
Composer: Daniel Belknap
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: Sacred   Meter: 88. 88 (L.M.)

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1797 in The Harmonist's Companion, no. 10, p. 12

Description: Words by an anonymous author, apparently only printed here.

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Original text and translations

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Mankind must all return to dust,
From whence their nature sprung at first;
They soon shall wither like a flower,
Which grows and lives but just an hour.

They soon shall huddle to the grave,
They soon must quit the slender stage,
The feeble thread will soon be cut,
Millions are turning to their dust.