To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Welcome to Hyperion Records, an independent British classical label devoted to presenting high-quality recordings of music of all styles and from all periods from the twelfth century to the twenty-first.
Hyperion offers both CDs, and downloads in a number of formats. The site is also available in several languages.
Please use the dropdown buttons to set your preferred options, or use the checkbox to accept the defaults.
'Innocently sexy in the most charming way. Emma Kirkby can never have sounded more celestial. The sound quality is immaculate. This is a lovely record ... 'An unqualified delight' (BBC Music Magazine)» More
Hence, fond deceiver! Hence, begone!
Hence, and some tamer captive find.
Since Hope, thy best companionís flown
Away, why lingírest thou behind!
Naked at first, and blind thou wert,
Till blinder, I allowíd thee part
In my unwary hospitable heart;
But now thouírt so unruly grown,
You needs will make it all your own.
And in my vanquished breast
Will tyrannize alone.
Cease poor misguided wretch and know,
Iíll seek some braver, nobler breast;
To some more generous heart Iíll go,
That will not blush to own its guest;
Blind though I was, my aim was sure,
Yet wonít thy coward heart endure
The happy wound, nor wait the happier cure.
Too long have I endured the wound,
Too long indulged the raging pain,
Till I by sad experience found
The wound too sure, the cure too vain.
Thou mighty love, for such thou art,
Withdraw thy fatal, certain dart,
Or else to both a mutual flame impart.
And warm Dorindaís breast,
As thou has fired my heart.
If then thou wouldst victorious prove,
And with success thy wishes crown,
With bold assurance speak thy love,
And make thy generous passion known;
When beauty calls, to whine and die,
In cowardice, not modesty;
You by pale asking teach her to deny
And by your faint pursuit
Encourage her to fly.
In vain, fond lovers,
Of your Phillisís scorn you complain;
In vain do you talk of darts and of fire,
Sigh, languish, lament and expire.
Since the nymph dares not grant
What you dare not desire,
Whilst the brisk, eager lover at his prey boldly flies,
And takes the glad captive by welcome surprise.