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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.
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'Innocently sexy in the most charming way. Emma Kirkby can never have sounded more celestial. The sound quality is immaculate. This is a lovely record ... 'An unqualified delight' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
In all our Cinthia’s shining sphere Methinks the fairest face is here; Say, lovely thing,—what art thou?
I came, Sir, from the world below. I once was mortal flesh and blood, And scarce my beauty’s bloom display’d, I dropt—a tender virgin, but I play’d The fool, and died a maid. For which the Gods have sent me here, To shine, a star in Cinthia’s sphere.
So fair a face in a world so base, yet died a maid?
A very, very maid.
Have a care what you say.
A pure, pure maid.
Are you sure you don’t lie?
A pure maid. I’ll tell you why, The truth that will plainly be seen, For I died so very young—not full thirteen. Do you think I would deceive you?
No, I do believe you. That wonder in an age may once be seen, There may be a maid not full thirteen. But were you to live your life over again, Oh, what would you do then? I’m very much afraid you would still die a maid, And keep your virgin innocence unshaken.
I fear you are mistaken.
How? Not die a maid?
No, no, not I.
Not die a maid?
Not die a maid, and I’ll tell you why. These eyes I’m sure were for love designed, And these charms they were lent me to bless mankind. Then shall I die a maid?
No, no, no, no, no, no! Then will you die a maid?
No, no, no, no, no, no! No. I hope I have more wit than so.