Milgrove : Ah lovely appearance of death! : Full score
Composer: Benjamin Milgrove (1731 - 1810)
Lyrics: Charles Wesley
"A Funeral Hymn by the Revd. Mr C. Wesley, set to Music on the Death of the Right Honourable the Earl of Buchan, who died ye 1st of December, 1767. His Life was honourable, his Death blessed; He sought earnestly Peace with God; He found it to his unspeakable Joy, and alone in the Merits of Christ Jesus, Witnessed by the Holy Spirit to his soul. He yet speaketh. Go thou and do likewise."
Milgrove was Precentor of the Countess of Huntingdon''s Chapel in Bath (see illustration). This setting comes from his first (of three) collections of "hymns as they are sung at the Right Honourable the Countess of Huntingdon''s chappel in Bath". The general congregation (sometimes divided into men and women) should sing the Air, accompanying harmonies to be taken by the choir.
It is not known whether the Earl of Buchan had stronger ties to the Bath outpost of the Countess of Huntingdon''s Connexion beyond proximity (he died in Walcot); nor why he should have been the beneficiary of Wesley''s most lugubrious yet mawkish sentiments.
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