When first thy soft lips (Samuel Wesley)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-05-14).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 300 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: When first thy soft lips
Composer: Samuel Wesley
Lyricist: Samuel Whytecreate page
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: Finished June 24th, 1783.

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Original text and translations

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When first thy soft lips I but civilly press'd,
O Anna, how great was my bliss!
The fatal contagion ran quick to my breast;
I lost my poor heart with a kiss.

And when thus supremely I'm blest with your sight,
I scarce can my transports restrain;
I wish, and I pant, to repeat the delight,
And kiss you again and again.

In raptures I wish to enjoy all those charms,
Still stealing from favour to favour.
And now, O ye gods! let me fly to your arms,
And kiss you for ever and ever.