What can we poor females do? Z 429 (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: William Long (submitted 2008-03-12).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Original in a minor.

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Title: What can we poor females do?
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicings: Soprano-Bass duo or Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1694
    2nd published: 1702 in Orpheus Britannicus (Henry Purcell), p. 46
Description:  #3 from Duets from Orpheus Britannicus. Original in a minor

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Original text and translations

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What can we poor Females do;
when Pressing, Teasing, Lovers sue?
Fate affords no other way, but Denying, or Complying;
And resenting, or Consenting,
does alike our Hopes be-tray.