Cupid and my Campaspe (A. Percy Alderson)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 890 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Cupid and my Campaspe
Composer: A. Percy Alderson
Lyricist: John Lyly
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1910 Stainer & Bell

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Original text and translations

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Cupid and my Campaspe play’d
At cards for kisses;
Cupid paid:
He stakes his quiver, bow, and arrows,
His mother’s doves, and team of sparrows;
Loses them too; then down he throws
The coral of his lip, the rose
Growing on’s cheek (but none knows how);
With these, the crystal of his brow,
And then the dimple on his chin;
All these did my Campaspe win:
And last he set her both his eyes—
She won, and Cupid blind did rise.
O Love! has she done this to thee?
What shall, alas! become of me?