Tho' Chloe's out of fashion (William Boyce)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-08-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 559 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Tho' Chloe's out of fashion
Composer: William Boyce
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo violin obbligato

First published: 1762
Description: A song probably written for performance in the London pleasure gardens. Published in Clio and Euterpe, or British Harmony.

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Original text and translations

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Tho' Chloe's out of fashion, can blush and be sincere,
I'd toast her in a bumper if all the belles were here.
What tho' no diamonds sparkle about her neck and waist,
With ev'ry shining virtue the lovely maid is graced.

In modest, plain apparel, no patches, paints or airs;
In debt alone to nature, an angel she appears.
From gay coquets, high finish'd, my Chloe takes no rules,
Nor envies them their conquests, the hearts of all their fools.

Who wins her must have merit; such merit as her own:
The graces all possessing, yet knows not she has one.
Then grant me, gracious Heaven, the gifts you must approve
And Chloe, charming Chloe,will bless me with her love.