To Gratiana dancing and singing (William Denis Browne)

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  • (Posted 2014-10-07)  CPDL #32236:      (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Peter Harris (submitted 2014-06-10).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: transposed to G major.

General Information

Title: To Gratiana Dancing and Singing
Composer: William Denis Browne
Lyricist: Richard Lovelace

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo high

Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1915
Description: The melody on with the accompaniment is founded is that of an anonymous Allmayne in Elizabeth Rogers' Virginal Book (17th C.)

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Original text and translations

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See! with what constant motion
Even and glorious as the sun,
Gratiana steers that noble frame,
Soft as her breast, sweet as her voice
That gave each winding law and poise,
And swifter than the wings of fame.

Each step trod out a lover's thought
And the ambitious hopes he brought,
Chain'd to her brave feet with such arts;
Such sweet command, and gentle awe,
As when she ceas'd, we sighing saw
The floor lay pav'd with broken hearts.

So did she move; so did she sing
Like the harmonious spheres that bring
Unto their rounds their music's aid;
Which she performed such a way,
As all th' enamoured world will say:
"The Graces danced, and Apollo play'd."