I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Nor in the crystal river's purling streams; But in a dark and silent shady grove, I sigh out woes of my neglected love. Come, cruel fair, and charm me, ere I go To Death's embraces in the shades below. For tho' condemn'd and fetter'd here I lie, 'Till I your sentence have, I cannot die. One look from those dear eyes, and then adieu To all your cruelties and beauties too.
According to Hyperion's CD CDA66720, this poem was found in a collection of poetry in the late seventeenth century at Winchester College (British Museum MS 14047, f.126v)." It is included in a set of verse with the heading "Some of my dear Mother Chamberlaine's Verses". Robert King © 2003
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive):
- by Henry Purcell (1658/9 - 1695), "I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams", Z. 388, published 1681 [ sung text checked 1 time]
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