We the spirits of the air, Z 630/17b (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: William Long (submitted 2009-07-18).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: We the spirits of the air
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SS
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1695

description: from The Indian Queen, Act III.

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Original text and translations

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We the Spirits of the air
that of humane things take care;
Out of pity now descend,
To forewarn what woes attend.
Greatness clog'd with scorn decays,
with the slave no Empire stays.
Cease to languish then in vain,
since never to be lov'd again.