Let me, careless and unthoughtful lying (Thomas Linley the elder)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-09-13).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 356 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Let me, careless and unthoughtful lying
Composer: Thomas Linley the elder
Lyricist: Abraham Cowley
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1796 manuscript BBMB 35.C

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Original text and translations

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Let me, careless and unthoughtful lying,
Hear the soft winds above me flying,
With all their wanton boughs dispute,
And the more tuneful birds replying,
Till my Delia, with her heav'nly song,
Silence the wanton boughs and birds that sing among.