XI. Verse and Chorus: See Nature, Rejoicing

from ‘Come, Ye Sons of Art’ (Birthday Ode for Queen Mary II)

Henry Purcell (1659-1695) (30)

Performed by the Taverner Consort and Players, conducted by Andrew Parrott.

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SEE Nature, rejoicing, has shown us the way,
With innocent revels to welcome the day.
The tuneful grove, and talking rill,
The laughing vale, the replying hill,
With charming harmony unite,
The happy season to invite.
What the Graces require,
And the Muses inspire,
Is at once our delight and our duty to pay.
Thus Nature, rejoicing, has shown us the way,
With innocent revels to welcome the day.

Attributed to Nahum Tate

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By Edmund Burke MP
(1729-1797)
Edmund Burke argues that England’s ‘revolution’ of 1688 worked because we changed the Government, not the Constitution.

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