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The shepherd didn’t waste a moment and, as the bass singer enters and a lively triple time replaces the slower metre of the first two verses, he went straight to the cottage of Sylvia (a stock pastoral figure) and told her (in Purcell’s coyly-set ‘soft expressions’) what he had been instructed to do to achieve ‘The way to heavenly joys’. She, who ‘with piety was stored’, didn’t waste a moment, and ‘took him’ (a double entendre if ever there was one) ‘at his word’, ensuring that ‘thus they both were sav’d’.
from notes by Robert King © 2003
|Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 1|
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|Purcell: The complete secular solo songs|
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