The first volume of Vinculum Societatis
(1687) contained two songs by Purcell, Let formal lovers
and Spite of the godhead
, a setting of a poem by Anne Wharton. Purcell’s melody illustrates the lady’s tormented, hidden love for Philemon with angular intervals, but the ending has hope, for she will (if he should ‘Once take thy injur’d part’) put her pride aside, and declare her true love for him.
from notes by Robert King © 2003