Now Philomel renews her tender strain (William Jackson of Exeter)

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Title: Now Philomel renews her tender strain
Composer: William Jackson of Exeter
Lyricist: Lady Mary Wortley Montagucreate page
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo, strings

First published: c.1775 Op. 7

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Original text and translations

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Now Philomel renews her tender strain,
Indulging all the night her pleasing pain.
I sought the grove to hear the wanton sing;
There saw a face more beauteous than the Spring;
A face divine, where thousand glories play,
More bright, more lovely than the sunny ray!

In vain I'm promis'd such a heav'nly prize
Ah! cruel fair one, who delay'st my joys!
Tho' thy bright charms inflame my am'rous heart,
I dare not snatch one kiss to ease the smart.
When will the hour of wish'd-for bliss arrive;
Must I wait longer; can I wait and live?

I loathe the light and sleep forsakes my eyes;
Turn thee, my fairest e'er thy lover dies,
Sinking to earth. I sigh one last adieu.
Call me my goddess and my life renew,
My queen, my angel, my fond heart's desire.
Pity that passion which thy charms inspire.