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ST. DAVID'S DAY, THE FIRST OF MARCH, 1715-16.
SET TO MUSICK BY DR. PEPUSCH.
And performed at the Anniversary Meeting of the Society of ANCIENT BRITONS, eftablished in Honour of Her Royal Highness's Birth-Day, and of the Principality of Wales.
"Salve læta dies! meliorque revertere femper, "A populo rerum digna potente coli!"
Second Voice, CAMBRIA, or the Principality of WALE S.
Both voices, with a trumpet.
To joy, to triumphs, dedicate the day!
Rife, goddess of immortal fame,
The double feftival proclaim.
The goddess of immortal fame
Shall, with her trumpet's fwelling found,
To all Britannia's realms around,
The double festival proclaim.
O'er Cambria's diftant hills let the loud notes rebound! Each British foul be rais'd, and every eye be gay!
To joy, to triumphs, dedicate the day.
Hail, Cambria! long to Fame well known!
This day, prolific of renown,
Increas'd in honours to himself, and thee;
And with new beams adorn thy azure skies!
And, while promifcuous crouds in rapture gaze,
Happy morn! fuch gifts beftowing!
Nor yet, O Fame, doft thou display
All the triumphs of this day;
More wonders yet arife to fight;
See! o'er these rites what mighty power prefides;
Henceforth, when to the listening universe
Thou number'st o'er my princes of renown,
When my great Edward's deeds thou shalt rehearse, And tell of Creffy's well-fought plain,
Thy golden trumpet sound again !
The brave Auguftus fhall renew thy ftrain, And Oudenarda's fight immortalize the verfe.
AIR with a harp.
Heavenly Mufes ! tune your lyres,
Grace the hero's glorious name.
O thou, with every virtue crown'd,