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Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466
composer
Choice Ayres and Songs V, 1684
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'Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3' (CDA66730)
Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
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Let us, kind Lesbia, give away, Z466
Let us, kind Lesbia, give away was an anonymous translation of Catullus’s ‘Epigram 5’ Viveam mea Lesbia. Purcell’s song was published in the fifth book of Choice Ayres and Songs in 1684. His setting of the devil-may-care (not to say rather risqué) text was suitably colourful: whilst there is the opportunity to indulge in ‘soft embraces all the day’, that chance should be seized, for death will put an end to such pleasures. In the triple-time duet the lovers prepare to put their theories into practice. If anyone should criticize, they will counter such censoriousness ‘with one more kiss’.

from notes by Robert King 2003

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