Lycidas. L'Allegro and Il Penseroso. Arcades. Comus. Sonnets
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1809 edition. Excerpt: ...Comus, the Song, Sweet Echo, is the only part with which the Publick have been presented. I have been informed, that this Song was taken from Henry Lawes's manuscript Book of Songs, which was one of the musical rarities belonging to the late Reverend and learned William Gostling, Minor Canon of Canterbury; in the Catalogne of whose Collection, which (after the death of its worthy, posiesibr) was sold by Auction in London on the 26th and 27th of May 1777, No. 59, of the First Day's Sale, exhibits the following information: " Lawes's Henry, Ayres and Dialogues, 'with his Head, 1653Lawes's Henry, 274-Songs, MS. and William Lawes's Collection of Sungs, MS. N. B. T/tss Songs of Henry and William Lawes are sbrcmlly in their ozrn hand-writing: In the former are the Songsin the lVInsque of Comus, asset by the Author, at the regugfl of Milton, _br the original Perfbrrnance thereof at Ludlow Cq/Zle." t It is now in the posseflion of Mr. Smith, wine-merchant in St, Paul" Church-yard. " No such Song appears, as To the Ocean now I fly. I fear none of the intermediate irzflrumental strains are recoverable. I have none of them in the manuscript before me."-This is a remarkable difference from the preceding accounts of the Musick; but, remarkable as it is, it perfectly agrees with the Ashridge inanuscript of the Mask, which I printed in 1798, and of which the variations will be found in this volume. The Songs for Comus might not have been copied into Lawes's miscellaneous collection, till they had been adapted to the alterations made by the poet. The first Song, " From the Heare-m," was then transferred to the Epilogue; but the last, " Now my tq/lc, 810." appears to have remained unaltered, although the poet's...
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