List! Lady, be not coy (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-07)   CPDL #56194:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: List! Lady, be not coy
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: John Milton

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 304

Description: The lyrics from Milton's Comus, lines 737 ff.

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Original text and translations

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List! Lady, be not coynor cozen'd!
Beauty is nature's coin, must not be hoarded,
But must be current, and the good thereof
Consists in mutual and partaken bliss.
If you let slip time, like a neglected rose
It withers on the stem with languished head.
It is for homely features to keep home!
Coarse complexions,
cheeks of sorry grain may serve to ply
The sampler, and teaze the huswife's wool!
What need a vermil tinctured lip for that?
Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn?