Hark 'tis a voice from the tomb

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HARK 'TIS A VOICE FROM THE TOMB. Scottish, Air (3/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. "Hark, hark! 'tis a voice from the tomb!" was a song [Roud No: V21161] written by Edward Moore (1712-1757) (set to music by Dr. Worley) as a sequel to Nicholas Rowe's "Collin's Complaint," one of the most popular pastoral ballads of the century. It was oft-reprinted in the latter 18th and early 19th century in poetry and song collections, under a variety of titles, including "A Ballad," "Lucy," "Colin and Lucy," etc. The first stanza begins:

Hark! hark! 'tis a voice from the tomb!
'Come, Lucy,' it cries, 'come away;
'To grave of thy Colin has room
'To rest thee beside his cold clay.'
"I come, my dear shepherd, I come;
"Ye friends and companions, adieu!
"I haste to my Colin's dark home,
"To lie in his bosom so true!"

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Oswald (Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 11), 1760; p. 116.

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