The merchant, to secure his treasure (Maurice Greene)
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Title: The merchant, to secure his treasure
Composer: Maurice Greene
Lyricist: Matthew Prior
Number of voices: 1v Voicing: solo high
Genre: Secular, Art song
Instruments: Basso continuo
First published: 1762 Clio and Euterpe, or, British Harmony
Description: Probably written for performance at the London pleasure gardens.
Original text and translations
The merchant, to secure his treasure,
Conveys it in a borrowed name;
Euphelia serves to grace my measure,
But Cloe is my real flame.
My softest verse, my darling lyre,
Upon Euphelia's toilette lay;
When Cloe noted her desire
That I should sing, that I should play.
My lyre I tune, my voice I raise,
But with my numbers mix my sighs;
And whilst I sing Euphelia's praise,
I fix my soul on Cloe's eyes.
Fair Cloe blushed; Euphelia frowned;
I sung and gazed; I played and trembled;
And Venus to the Loves around
Remarked how ill we all dissembled.