Saw you the nymph whom I adore? Saw you the goddess of my heart? And can you bid me love no more? And can you think I feel no smart? So many charms around her shine Who can the sweet temptation fly? Spite of her scorn she's so divine That I must love her though I die.
- by Henry Carey (1687? - 1743), "Justification for Loving" [author's text checked 1 time 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 Imogen Clare Holst (1907 - 1984), "Justification for Loving", 1953 [ voice and piano ] [sung text not yet checked]
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