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Close thine eyes

Friday, 8 February 2013

Posted by Vale

I was at a funeral recently when this song by Purcell was played at the committal. We listened to the Treorchy Male Voice Choir, but I couldn’t find their version on You Tube so this is the Kirkintilloch Male Voice Choir instead.

Close thine eyes and sleep secure;
Thy soul is safe, thy body sure;
He that loves thee, He that keeps
never slumbers, never sleeps.

The quiet conscience in the breast
Has only peace, has only rest;
The music and the mirth of kings
Are out of tune unless she sings;
Then close thine eyes in peace and sleep secure.

There is a lovely, fuller version too. If you are keen you can listen to it here. Worth it to my mind.

2 comments on “Close thine eyes

  1. Jed

    Friday 8th February 2013 at 5:57 pm

    Definitely worth listening to that intro, thank you Vale.

    • Vale

      Saturday 9th February 2013 at 10:05 am

      Thanks Jed – Purcell is wonderful isn’t he?

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