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.