Not, Celia, that I juster am (Elizabeth Turner)

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  • (Posted 2015-08-19)   CPDL #36501:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2015-08-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In the source the words of Sedley's poem have been changed for no obvious reason, so the original words have been restored in this edition. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Not, Celia, though I juster am
Composer: Elizabeth Turner
Lyricist: Charles Sedley

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1756

Description: A solo song to a poem by the 17th Century poet, wit, and politician, Sir Charles Sedley.

External websites: The source on IMSLP: a "Collection of Songs" published in 1756,

Original text and translations

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Not, Celia, that I juster am
Or better than the rest;
For I would change each hour like them,
Were not my heart at rest.

But I am tied to very thee
By every thought I have;
Thy face I only care to see,
Thy heart I only crave.

All that in woman is adored
In thy dear self I find;
For the whole sex can but afford
The handsome and the kind.

Why then should I seek further store,
And still make love anew?
When change itself can give no more,
’Tis easy to be true.