Diaphenia (John Gerrard Williams)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78330:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 460 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Diaphenia
Composer: John Gerrard Williams
Lyricist: Henry Constable
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1921 Novello and Co.

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Original text and translations

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Diaphenia, like the Daffdowndilly,
White as the sun, fair as the lily;
Heigh-ho, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as my lambs
Are beloved of their dams.
How blest were I if thou would’st prove me.

Diaphenia, like the spreading roses
That in thy sweets all sweets en-closes;
Fair Sweet, how I do love thee!
I do love thee as each flower
Loves the sun’s life-giving power,
For dead, thy breath to life might move me.

Diaphenia, like to all things blessed,
When all thy praises are expressed;
Dear joy, how I do love thee!
As the birds do love the spring,
Or the bees their careful King,
Then in requite, sweet Virgin love me.

From Francis Pilkington’s
“First Book of Songs or Ayres” (1605)