The Stolen kiss (William Hayes)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: The Stolen kiss
Composer: William Hayes
Lyricist: "The words taken out of The Spectator" [no. 473][{{fullurl:"The words taken out of The Spectator" [no. 473]|action=edit&preload=Template:New_lyricist/Preload}} create page] [["The words taken out of The Spectator" [no. 473] settings| ]]

Number of voices: 1v   Voicings: S or T
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1735

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Original text and translations

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Belinda, see from yonder flow'rs
The bee flies loaded to its cell.
Can you perceive what it devours;
Are they impaired in show or smell?

So, though I robbed you of a kiss
Sweeter than their ambrosial dew,
Why are you angry at my bliss?
Has it at all impov'rished you?

'Tis by this cunning I contrive,
In spite of your unkind reserve,
To keep my famish'd love alive,
Which you inhumanely would starve.