by John Dryden (1631 - 1700)

Shepherd, shepherd leave decoying
Language: English 
Shepherd, shepherd leave decoying,
Pipes are sweet on Summer's day.
Whilst your lays we are enjoying,
We to Flora homage pay.

Then with flow'ry garlands twining,
Lightly trip it o'er the sward.
Gladsome hearts know no repining,
Beauty brings its own reward.


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), "Shepherd, shepherd leave decoying", Z. 628 [duet for high and low voice], Augener, published by Galliard in London and Galaxy in New York ; from King Arthur or The British Worthy , no. 16 [
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Set in a modified version by Henry Purcell.

Researcher for this text: Mike Burch

This text was added to the website: 2010-09-04
Line count: 8
Word count: 42