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.
'Delightfully sung by Bott and Cornwell to a joyful accompaniment' (Gramophone) 'Stylish interpretations … elegantly shaped wind playing by The Parley of Instruments … the disc provides valuable insight into early 18th c ...» More
Song: The Melancholy Nymph
'Twas when the seas were roaring
’Twas when the seas were roaring With hollow blasts of wind, A damsel lay deploring All on a rock reclined. Wide o’er the rolling billows She cast a wistful look; Her head was crowned with willows That trembled o’er the brook.
Twelve months were gone and over, And nine long tedious days. Why did’st thou, vent’rous lover, Why did’st thou trust the seas? Cease, cease, thou cruel ocean And let my lover rest; Ah! what’s thy troubled motion To that within my breast?
The merchant, robbed of pleasure, Sees tempests in despair, But what’s the loss of treasure To losing of my dear? Should you some coast be laid on Where gold and diamonds grow, You’d find a richer maiden But none that loves you so.
How can they say that Nature Has nothing made in vain? Why then beneath the water Should hideous rocks remain? No eyes the rocks discover That lurk beneath the deep, To wreck the wand’ring lover And leave the maid to weep.
All melancholy lying Thus wailed she for her dear, Repaid each blast with sighing, Each billow with a tear, When o’er the white wave stooping His floating corpse she spied, Then like a lily drooping She bowed her head and died.
John Gay (1685-1732)
The Melancholy Nymph circulated as a popular song, but seems to have been written by Handel for a play by John Gay. It is one of the few works he wrote for the English theatre. Handel’s tune was used a few years later in The Beggars’ Opera (1728).