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Ah, Chloris! could I now but sit

Language: English

[Ah, Chloris! could]1 I now but sit
  As unconcern'd as when
Your infant beauty could beget
  No happiness [or]2 pain!
When I [the dawn used to]3 admire,
  And praised the coming day,
I little thought [the]4 rising fire
  Would take my rest away.

Your charms in harmless childhood lay
  [Like]5 metals in a mine;
Age from no face takes more away
  Than youth conceal'd in thine.
But as your charms insensibly
  To their [perfection]6 prest,
So love as unperceived did fly,
  And centr'd in my breast.

My passion with your beauty grew,
  While Cupid at my heart,
Still as his mother favour'd you,
  Threw a new flaming dart:
Each gloried in their wanton part;
  [To make a lover, he
Employ'd the utmost of his art --
  To make a beauty, she.]7


J. Kinkel sets stanzas 1-2
J. Haydn sets stanzas 1, 3

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1 Kinkel: "Oh! Chloris, could"
2 Haydn: "nor"
3 Haydn, Kinkel: "this dawning did"
4 Haydn, Kinkel: "that"
5 Kinkel: "As"
6 Kinkel: "perfections"
7 Haydn: "To make a beauty, she / Employed the utmost of her art; / To make a lover, he."

Submitted by Ferdinando Albeggiani

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Text added to the website: 2007-10-04.
Last modified: 2014-06-16 10:02:29
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