Samuel Pepys, lover of musique by Frederick Bridge

Samuel Pepys, lover of musique

byFrederick Bridge

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1903. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER IV PEPYS AS VOCALIST AND SINGING-MASTER If we could have met Mr. Pepys on one of his little expeditions on Admiralty business to Erith or to Woolwich, we should most probably have found him singing. No doubt as a young man he was what is termed "musical," and had reached a certain degree of proficiency, for we read on December 9, 1660: "This being done I went to chappell" (at Whitehall) "and sat in Mr. Blagrave's pew, and there did sing my part along with another before the King, and with much ease." On the anniversary of Charles I.'s death he marks the day by a song of his own. January 30, 1660: "This morning, before I was up, I fell a-singing of my song, 'Great, good, and just, &c.,' and put myself thereby in mind that this was the fatal day, now ten years since, his majesty died."1 The words of this song were by the Marquis of Montrose, and are worth recalling--"Great, good, and just, could I but rate My grief with thy too rigid fate, 1 In this reference to the execution of Charles I., Pepys is a year wrong in his calculation. The King was executed on January 30, 1649, and therefore Pepys should have said "eleven" and not "ten years since." This would not be worth noticing except for the well-known fact that both Pepys and Mrs. Pepys made mistakes as to the date on which they were married. The same trait also is perhaps to be illustrated by the following curious piece of evidence which I owe to Dr. Edward Scott of the British Museum. Pepys always kept as an anniversary the 26th of March, on which day he had once been cut for the stone. Now among the Sloane MSS. at the British Museum occur the entries from the books of the apothecary who supplied Pepys with medicine on that occasion. The entries are as follows:--Sloane MS., 1536. In the margin o...

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Title:Samuel Pepys, lover of musiqueFormat:PaperbackDimensions:24 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.05 inPublished:February 5, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217043801

ISBN - 13:9780217043809

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