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Do not repine, fair sun

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written for the visit of James I to Scotland

The one gratulatory, ensemble-backed item not in score is ‘Do not repine, fair sun’: a welcome ode for that Scottish Progress of 1617, to mildly pagan verse by Joseph Hall, one of the English bishops corralled into dancing attendance. A florid first section, structured by verses but a bit racier than church norms, commiserates with Phœbus Apollo on being outshone by James during his stay in Edinburgh. A dancier sequel anticipates ensuing revels inside Auld Reekie’s palace, Holyrood House; mimicking the measures to be trod by rustic fairies from Lothian dells, alongside classical nymphs. To perform it, the Chapel was shipped up wholesale to the Water of Leith, well in advance.

from notes by David Pinto © 2017


Gibbons: In chains of gold - The English pre-Restoration verse anthem, Vol. 1
Studio Master: SIGCD511Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Part 1: Do not repine, fair sun
Track 6 on SIGCD511 [4'43] Download only
Part 2: Joy that alone, with better bays
Track 7 on SIGCD511 [2'58] Download only

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