Love arms himself in Celia's eyes, Z 392 (Henry Purcell)

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Contributor: David Newman (submitted 2008-06-10).  Score information: A4, 6 pages, 216 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
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General Information

Title: Love Arms Himself in Celia's Eyes
Composer: Henry Purcell
Lyricist: Matthew Prior (1664-1721)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description: From the publication "Six Songs by Henry Purcell".

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Original text and translations

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Love arms himself in Celia’s eyes
Whene’er weak reason would rebel,
And ev’ry time I dare be wise,
Alas a deeper wound I feel.
Repeated thoughts present the ill,
Which seeing I must still endure,
They tell me love has darts to kill
And wisdom has no pow’r to cure.

Then cruel reason give me rest.
Quit in my heart thy feeble hold,
Go try thy force in Celia’s breast,
For that is disengag’d and cold.
There all thy nicest arts employ,
Confess thyself her beauty’s slave,
And argue whilst she may destroy
How great, how godlike ’tis to save