Diaphenia, like the daffadowndilly
Diaphenia, like the daffadowndilly,
White as the sun, fair as the lily,
Heigh ho, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as my lambs
Are belovèd of their dams:
How blest were I if thou would'st prove me.
Diaphenia, like the spreading roses,
That in thy sweets all sweets incloses,
Fair sweet, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as each flower
Loves the sun's life-giving power;
For dead, thy breath to life might move me.
Diaphenia, like to all things blessèd,
When all thy praises are expressèd,
Dear joy, how I do love thee!
As the birds do love the spring,
Or the bees their careful king, --
Then in requite, sweet virgin, love me!
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Dominick Argento (1927 - 2019), "Diaphenia", 1957, published 1970 [high voice and piano], from 6 Elizabethan Songs, no. 5, New York, Boosey [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by William Denis Browne (1888 - 1915), "Diaphenia", 1912. [voice and piano] [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Ernest John Moeran (1894 - 1950), "Diaphenia", R. 72 (1937), published 1937 [voice and piano], Winthrop Rogers [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Harold E. Samuel (1924 - 1999), "Diaphenia" [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by Charles Villiers Stanford, Sir (1852 - 1924), "Diaphenia", op. 49 no. 3, published 1892 [SATB chorus a cappella], from Six Elizabethan Pastorals, no. 3, London, Novello [ sung text checked 1 time]
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