My dearest, my fairest (Daniel Purcell)

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  • CPDL #08072: This edition has been withdrawn at the request of the editor.
Editor: Marc Herouard (submitted 2004-10-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 132 kB   Copyright: Personal
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(This edition has been removed by CPDL administrators.)

General Information

Title: My Dearest, My Fairest
Composer: Daniel Purcell

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SB
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

Published:

Description: Attributed to Daniel or Henry Purcell

External websites: An edition dated 1901 is available on IMSLP under "6 Vocal Duets" by Henry Purcell.

Original text and translations

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My dearest, my fairest,
I languish for you.
Thy kindness has won me,
Thy charm has undone me,
I ne'er, no, ne'er shall be free.
I faint with the pleasure I fain would repeat,
Ah why are love's raptures so short and so sweet,
Thus pressing and kissing, fresh joys we'll pursue
And ever be happy and ever be true.
But alas, should you change
Ah, tell me not so
No never my fairest
No, no, my dearest (my fairest) no, no.