Fain would I change that note (Healey Willan)

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  • (Posted 2022-12-30)  CPDL #72069:     
Editor: Douglas Walczak (submitted 2022-12-30).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Fain would I change that note
Composer: Healey Willan
Lyricist: Tobias Hume
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1911
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Original text and translations

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Fain would I change that note
To which fond Love hath charm'd me
Long, long to sing by rote,
Fancying that that harm'd me:
Yet when this thought doth come
'Love is the perfect sum
Of all delight!'
I have no other choice
Either for pen or voice
To sing or write.

O Love! they wrong thee much
That say thy fruit is bitter,
When thy rich fruit is such
As nothing can be sweeter.
Fair house of joy and bliss,
Where truest pleasure is,
I do adore thee:
I know thee what thou art,
I serve thee with my heart,
And fall before thee.