I gently touched her hand. She gave a look that did my soul enslave; I pressed her rebel lips in vain. They rose to be pressed again. Thus happy, I no farther meant, [Than]1 to be pleased and innocent. [ Thus trust me, I no farther meant, But to be pleased and innocent.]2 On her soft breasts my hand I laid, And a quick, light impression made. They with a kindly warmth did glow, And swelled and seemed to overflow. Yet trust me, I no farther meant, [But]1 to be pleased and innocent. On her eyes my eyes did stay: O'er her smooth limbs my hands did stray; Each sense was ravished with delight, And my soul stood prepared for flight. Blame me not if at last I meant More to be please than innocent.
J. Eccles sets stanzas 1-2
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1 Eccles: "But"
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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 Eccles (1668 - 1735), "I gently touched her hand", stanzas 1-2. [text verified 1 time]
- by Joel Weiss , "Pleased and innocent", 1998. [voice and piano] [text not verified]
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