True Englishmen, drink a good health, Z 284 (Henry Purcell)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-25)   CPDL #54337:     
Editor: Raymond Nagem (submitted 2019-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 54 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: From The Second Book of the Catch Club or Merry Companions (London: John Walsh, c. 1700).


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Title: True Englishmen, drink a good health, Z 284
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: 3 equal voices
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella


Description: A catch in praise of the "Seven Bishops" tried for libel by James II in 1687.

Original text and translations

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True Englishmen, drink a good health to the Miter,
Let our Church ever Flourish, tho' her Enemies spite her;

May their cunning and Forces no longer prevail,
But their malice, as well as their Arguments, fail:

Then remember the Seven, who supported our Cause,
As stout as our Martyrs, and as just as our Laws.