Ye happy swains, whose nymphs are kind, Z443

composer
The Theatre of Music I, 1685
author of text

 
Purcell’s charming setting was printed in 1685 as part of the first book of The Theatre of Music. The poet asks how he can be successful with his shepherdess, for he is, despite all his efforts, being rewarded only with disdain, and is enduring ‘Ten thousand tortures’ whilst ‘Languishing night and day’. In the third verse the poet asks Fate why he is being punished so severely; if he knows, he will repent. But, if it has been resolved that he must suffer this treatment for ever, he asks that she should continue to treat him so and, in breaking his heart, kill him.

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)

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Track 24 on CDA66710 [1'48] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 24 on CDS44161/3 CD1 [1'48] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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