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When first my shepherdess and I, Z431

The Theatre of Music IV, 1687
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This song was published in 1687 in the fourth book of The Theatre of Music. The story is that of a two-timing shepherdess who professes her undying devotion to Damon (utilizing the oft-used double entendre on ‘die’) but all too soon meets another stock pastoral figure, Myrtillo. Despite her protests, Damon realizes that she is two-timing him. The poet adds a wicked final comment!

from notes by Robert King © 2003


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