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Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411

composer
Playford's Choice Ayres and Songs IV, 1683
author of text

 
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.

from notes by Robert King © 2003

Recordings

Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
CDA66710Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

Details

Track 18 on CDA66710 [1'05] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 18 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [1'05] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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