Thomas Chilcot’s haunting setting of this lyric is strophic and has an orchestral accompaniment, with flute obbligato and pizzicato strings imitating the lute. Chilcot was organist of Bath Abbey, and is not known to have written for the theatre. His Twelve English Songs
are notable for the high quality of their texts, ranging from Shakespeare to Anacreon and Euripides.
from notes by Peter Holman © 2004