Virgins as I advise forbear, to follow this bright star; You might shine in another sphere, but here eclipsed are. For her, your whole sex I adore, and pity more Those precious hours you spend thus to no end. For who so e'er you meet or see, will all her captives be. But if upon this queen of love as homage you wait If as her guards you were her move to all unto her state. Who she by th'uncontrolled power of her chaste flame Creates a prince, that hour may you the same, And like to hers, may thus your will have power to save or kill.
- by Anonymous / Unidentified Author [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 Lawes (1602 - 1645), "Virgins as I advise forbear", from the collection Songs from the Autograph Songbook, no. 2. [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2013-06-25
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