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Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
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Purcell’s strophic, two-verse setting of this song appeared in the fourth book of Playford’s Choice Ayres and Songs in 1683. The poet, perhaps in the heat of the moment, swore that he would not fall in love again and, in the same breath, that he would forget the ‘gilded charms’ of his lady-love, Lucinda (a familiar figure in Cavalier lyric poetry). But such resolutions are likely to be broken just as quickly as they were made ‘when love Does feed the active fire’, for there is no method of preventing the ‘infection’ of love once it has reached the heart.