Phillis is my only joy (John William Hobbs)

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  • (Posted 2004-05-25)  CPDL #07094:     
Editor: Rolf Maeder (submitted 2004-05-25).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Previously hosted on external site. Uploaded to CPDL server 2007-11-23.

General Information

Title: Phillis is My Only Joy
Composer: John William Hobbs
Lyricist: Charles Sedley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Phillis is my only joy,
Faithless as the winds and seas;
Sometimes forward, sometimes coy,
Yet she never fails to please.
If with a frown I am cast down,
Phillis smiling and beguiling,
Makes me happier than before.

Though alas! too late I find
Nothing can her fancy fix,
Yet the moment she is kind,
I forgive her all her tricks;
Which tho’ I see I can’t get free;
See deceiving, I believing,
What can lovers wish for more?