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Spite of the godhead, pow'rful love, Z417

Vinculum Societatis I, 1687
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The first volume of Vinculum Societatis (1687) contained two songs by Purcell, Let formal lovers and Spite of the godhead, a setting of a poem by Anne Wharton. Purcell’s melody illustrates the lady’s tormented, hidden love for Philemon with angular intervals, but the ending has hope, for she will (if he should ‘Once take thy injur’d part’) put her pride aside, and declare her true love for him.

from notes by Robert King © 2003


Purcell: Secular solo songs, Vol. 3
CDA66730Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Purcell: The complete secular solo songs
CDS44161/33CDs Boxed set (at a special price)


Track 9 on CDA66730 [0'58] Archive Service; also available on CDS44161/3
Track 9 on CDS44161/3 CD3 [0'58] 3CDs Boxed set (at a special price)

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