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Recording details: March 1994
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Produced by Ben Turner
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: September 1994
Total duration: 1 minutes 40 seconds
'Those who need all of Purcell's songs at their fingertips should invest in Hyperion's three-disk survey of secular songs, with outstanding performances by Barbara Bonney, Rogers Covey-Crump and James Bowman' (The New York Times)
This song was first published in 1686 in Henry Playford’s third volume of The Theatre of Music. Sylvia, the subject of the anonymous author’s bitter harangue, misuses her beauty: instead of bringing ‘consent and enjoyment’ she causes ‘torment’ to her would-be lover. His final line before the bass ‘chorus’ voice joins in is especially direct: ‘For were you not handsome, who the Devil would love you?’