Southerne’s play of 1693 The Maid’s Last Prayer, or Any rather than Fail
required only two songs and one duet, No, resistance is but vain
. Its opening comic style is strongly reminiscent of the Coridon and Mopsa duet from The Fairy Queen
, dating from only a few months earlier, but the duet also contains some contrasting and characteristically wistful writing at the mention of ‘sighs’ and ‘pain’.
from notes by Robert King © 1988