I attempt from love's sickness to fly, Z 630/17c (Henry Purcell)

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  • CPDL #29871:   
Editor: Shaun Pirttijarvi (submitted 2013-08-18).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: For soprano solo and basso continuo.
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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2011-09-25).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This STB arrangement is by Joseph Corfe, a fellow Gentleman of the Chapel Royal of a later generation, for use in the glee club repertoire. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.
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Editor: Angelo Dias (submitted 2003-05-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I attempt from love's sickness to fly
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularOpera

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: From Purcell's opera The Indian Queen.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain,
For I am myself my own fever and pain.

No more now, fond heart, with pride no more swell,
Thou canst not raise forces enough to rebel;

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain,
For I am myself my own fever and pain.

For love has more power and less mercy than fate,
To make us seek ruin and love those that hate.

I attempt from love's sickness to fly in vain,
Since I am myself my own fever and pain.