Beautie sate bathing by a spring, Where fairest shades did hide her, The windes blewe calme, the Birds did sing, The coole streames ranne beside her. My wanton thoughts intis't mine eye To see what was forbidden, But better memorie said fie, So vaine desire was chidden. Into a slumber then I fell, But fond imagination Seem'd to see, but could not tell, Her feature or her fashion. But euen as babes in dreames doe smile, And sometime fall a weeping : So I awakt as wise the while, As when I fell asleeping.
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Beauty sat bathing by a spring, Where fairest shades did hide her; The winds blew calm, the birds did sing, The cool streams ran beside her. My wanton thoughts enticed mine eye To see what was forbidden: But better memory said Fie; So vain desire was chidden - Hey nonny nonny O! Hey nonny nonny! Into a slumber then I fell, And fond imagination Seemed to see, but could not tell, Her feature or her fashion: But ev'n as babes in dreams do smile, And sometimes fall a-weeping, So I awaked as wise that while As when I fell a-sleeping. Hey nonny nonny O! Hey nonny nonny!
- by Anthony Munday (1553 - 1633), "Beauty Bathing" [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 William Corkine (fl. 1610-2), "Beautie sate bathing by a spring", published 1610 [voice, lute, bass viol], from the collection Airs to sing and play to the Lute and Bass-viol, no. 9. [text verified 1 time]
- by Robert Jones (fl. 1597-1615), "Beauty sat bathing by a spring", published 1605, from Ultimum Vale, or the Third Booke of Ayres [text not verified]
- by Robert Still (1910 - 1971), "Beauty Bathing" [text verified 1 time]
Available translations, adaptations, and transliterations (if applicable):
- GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , title 1: "Eine Schöne saß badend bei einem Quell", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
Research team for this text: Emily Ezust [Administrator] , Bertram Kottmann
This text was added to the website: 2004-05-02
Line count: 16
Word count: 94