Young I am and yet unskill'd (John Eccles)

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  • (Posted 2022-08-09)  CPDL #70320:         
Editor: Wim Looyestijn (submitted 2022-08-09).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 139 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Young I am and yet unskill'd
Composer: John Eccles
Lyricist: John Dryden
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SacredLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1694 in: The Gentlemen's Journal, or the Monthly Miscellany; Jan-Feb 1694, pg. 35
Description:  Second verse taken from the same play ("Song for a girl").

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Original text and translations

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Young I am and yet unskill'd,
how to make a Lover yield;
how to keep, or how to gain,
when to love, and when to feign.
Take me, take me some of you,
while I yet am young and true;
e're I can my Soul disguise,
heave my Breasts and rowl my Eyes.

Stay not till I learn the way,
how to lie, and to betray;
he that has me first is blest,
for I may deceive the rest.
Could I find a blooming youth,
full of Love, and full of truth,
brisk, and of a yaunty mien,
I should long to be fifteen.