Amidst the myrtles (Jonathan Battishill)

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  • (Posted 2018-03-23)  CPDL #49141:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-03-23).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the edition on IMSLP. Appoggiature written out in full.

General Information

Title: Amidst the myrtles
Composer: Jonathan Battishill
Lyricist: Robert Herrick

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: The British Minstrel, and Musical and Literary Miscellany, Vol.2 Glasgow: William Hamilton, n.d.
Description: Inspired by Henry Lawes' original setting of Herrick's poem.

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Original text and translations

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1  Amidst the myrtles as I walk,
Love and myself thus enter talk,
Tell me, said I, in deep distress,
Where I may find my shepherdess.

2  I've searched the groves and fragrant bowers,
Where oft I've culled her sweetest flowers,
I've search'd each mead and verdant plain
To find my love, but all in vain.

3  Why did my Silvia from me rove,
Why did she quit her shepherd's love;
Return my Silvia to her swain.
And ease her anxious lover's pain.