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Corfe, organist of Salisbury Cathedral, 1792 - 1804, issued two sets of "Twelve glees.... composed from ancient Scotch melodies" in the early 1790s, to satisfy two contemporary enthusiasms: that for mixed sex social music, and that for all things North-British. The current arrangement comes from the second set, and is not of Scottish origin, but a setting of Shakespeare. It is not known whether the piece is Corfe's own, or the arrangement of another composer's setting. The latter is more probable.

Lyrics: William Shakespeare

Full fathom five thy father lies;
Of his bones are coral made;
Those are pearls that were his eyes:
Nothing of him that doth fade
But doth offer a sea-change
Into something rich and strange.
Sea-nymphs hourly ring his knell:
Hark, now I hear them:
Ding dong bell.

Joseph Corfe (arr.)
(1740 - 1820)

Full fathom five

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