While I listen to thy voice (Robert Cooke)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-09-10).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 260 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: When I listen to thy voice
Composer: Robert Cooke
Lyricist: Edmund Waller
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1790 Warren's twenty-seventh collection

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Original text and translations

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While I listen to thy voice, Chloris,
I feel my life decay. That pow'rful noise
Calls my fleeting soul away.
Oh, suppress that magic sound
Which destroys without a wound.
Peace, Chloris, peace, or singing die,
That together you and I
To heav'n may go. For all we know
Of what the blessed do above
Is that they sing and love.