When first sweet love (Henry Harington)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2009-04-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: When first sweet love
Composer: Henry Harington

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1800

Description: Songs, duets and other compositions by Doctor Harington of Bath never before published. Studio fallente laborem. London. Printed for the author & sold by the engraver E. Riley No. 8 Strand J. Preston No. 97 Strand Lintern's Bath &c. 1800

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Original text and translations

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When first sweet love my heart possessed
I then with Anna’s smiles was blessed.
Each morn did wake to new delight
and cares were hushed in sleep each night.
But now the pleasing dream is o’er
and cruel Anna smiles no more.
Now farewell to love’s delight,
farewell gone each happy day and night,
farewell to love’s delight.