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Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411
composer
Playford's Choice Ayres and Songs IV, 1683
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Recordings
'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1' (CDA66710)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1
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'Purcell: The complete secular solo songs' (CDS44161/3)
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
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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)

Rashly I swore I would disown, Z411
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

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