Begin to charm, and as thou strok’st my ears With thy [endearment]1, melt me into tears. Then let thy active hand scud o’er thy lyre: And make my spirits frantic with the fire. That done, sink down into a silv’ry strain; And make me smooth as Balm, and Oil again.
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1 Nyman: "enchantment"
- by Robert Herrick (1591 - 1674), appears in The Hesperides [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by John Golland (1942 - 1993), "To Musick", published 2001 [ voice, recorder, and piano ], from Seven Short Songs for voice, recorder and piano, no. 4, Manchester, Forsyth Publications [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Michael Nyman (b. 1944), "To Music (i)", 2016, first performed 2016 [ counter-tenor and orchestra ], from No Time in Eternity, no. 1, confirmed with a CD booklet [ sung text checked 1 time]
Research team for this text: Malcolm Wren [Guest Editor] , Mike Pearson
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