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In Matthew Prior's original "elegiac tale" the dead lover is a male yclept Columbo.

Lyrics: Matthew Prior

Stretch'd on the bier Dorinda lies,
Pale are her cheeks, and closed her eyes;
Those cheeks, where beauty smiling lay,
Those eyes, where Love was used to play;
Ah! cruel Fate, alas how soon
That beauty and those joys are flown!

Dorinda is no more: ye floods,
Bear the sad sound to distant woods;
The sound let echo's voice restore,
And say, Dorinda is no more.
Ye floods, ye woods, ye echoes, moan
My dear Dorinda, dead and gone.
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John Alcock
(1715 - 1806)

Stretched on the bier Dorinda lies

(S.A.T.B. + reduction)

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