The fountaines smoake (Arthur Charles Bennett)

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  • (Posted 2024-02-09)  CPDL #79073:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2024-02-09).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 596 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The fountaines smoake
Composer: Arthur Charles Bennett
Lyricist: Robert Jones
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1902 J. Curwen & Sons
Description: 1902 prize winning partsong

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Original text and translations

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from Muses Gardin for Delights

The fountaines smoake, and yet no flames they showe,
Starres shine all night, though undesern’d by day;
The trees doe spring, yet are not seene to growe,
And shadowes moove, although they seeme to stay;
In Winter’s woe, is buried Summer’s blisse,
And Love loves most, where Love most secret is.

The stillest streams discries the greatest deepe,
The clearest skie is subject to a shower;
Conceit’s most sweete, whereas it seems to sleepe,
And fairest dayes do in the morning lower;
The silent groves, sweete nymphes they cannot misse,
For love Loves most, where Love most secret is.

The rarest jewels hidden virtue yield,
The sweet of traffique is a secret gaine;
The yeere once old doth show a barren field,
And plants seeme dead, and yet they spring againe;
Cupid is blind, the reason why, is this,
Love loveth most, where Love most secret is.