Henry Hall was well qualified to commemorate Purcell. He was born in about 1656, and so was two or three years older than Purcell. They had both been children in the Chapel Royal choir and had studied composition together under John Blow. Purcell remained in London while Hall worked as a provincial organist, first at Wells and Exeter cathedrals and then at Hereford, where he remained until his death in 1707. Hall was an accomplished poet as well as a composer, and wrote the text of ‘Yes, my Aminta’ as well as the music.
Hal 1 Dialogue on the Death of Henry Purcell