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Celia has a thousand charms:
’Tis heav’n to lie within her arms.
While I stand gazing on her face
Some new and some resistless Grace
Fills with fresh magic all the place.
But while the nymph I thus adore,
I should my wretched fate deplore.
But, oh, Mirtillo, have a care,
Her sweetness is beyond compare.
But then she’s false as well as fair.
Have a care, Mirtillo, have a care.
Robert Gould (c1660-1709)
Celia has a thousand charms was one of three songs Purcell provided for the play The Rival Sisters, first performed in 1695. It is in the style of a small cantata, with an opening recitative full of florid melismas, and a minuet-like second section.
Celia has a thousand charms fut l’un des trois songs écrits par Purcell pour The Rival Sisters, une pièce de théâtre créée en 1695. Composé dans le style d’une petite cantate, il présente un récitatif inaugural gorgé de mélismes fleuris et une seconde section à la menuet.