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I take no pleasure in the sun's bright beams, Z388

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The text of this song appears, without music, in a manuscript of poems and pieces collected in the late seventeenth century at Winchester College (British Museum MS 14047, f.126v). In that manuscript the poem appears under the heading ‘Some of my dear Mother Chamberlaine’s Verses’. The setting is a sad one, as a desolate lover muses on the ‘woes of my neglected love’. Purcell’s setting eloquently captures that air of melancholy, colouring the ‘dark and silent shady grove’ and ‘Death’s embraces’ at the lower end of the voice, and rising in hopeless expectation that just one look ‘from those dear eyes’ will release the poet from his torment.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 2
CDA66720Archive Service
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/3Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only


Track 19 on CDA66720 [1'49] Archive Service
Track 19 on CDS44161/3 CD2 [1'49] Boxed set (at a special price) — Download only

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