You say, at your feet (William Boyce)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-07-11).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 257 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: You say, at your feet
Composer: William Boyce
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo violin obbligato

First published: 1753
Description: Written for The Chaplet, a musical entertainment, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. Also used in the London pleasure gardens.

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Original text and translations

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You say, at your feet that I wept in despair,
And vow'd that no angel was ever so fair.
How could you believe all the nonsense I spoke?
What know we of angels; I meant it in joke.

I next stand indicted for swearing to love,
And nothing but death could my passion remove.
I've liked you a twelvemonth, a calendar year,
And yet not contented; have conscience my dear.