List! Lady, be not coy (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-27)  CPDL #77607:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-27).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 697 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-12-07)  CPDL #56194:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: List! Lady, be not coy
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Lyricist: John Milton

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularPartsongMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1864
    2nd published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 304
Description: The lyrics from Milton's Comus, lines 737 ff.

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Original text and translations

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List! Lady, be not coy nor cozen'd!
Beauty is nature's coin, must not be hoarded,
But must be current, and the good thereof
Consists in mutual and partaken bliss.
If you let slip time, like a neglected rose
It withers on the stem with languished head.
It is for homely features to keep home!
Coarse complexions,
cheeks of sorry grain may serve to ply
The sampler, and teaze the huswife's wool!
What need a vermil tinctured lip for that?
Love-darting eyes, or tresses like the morn?

Comus (1634)