If love's a sweet passion, Z 629/17 (Henry Purcell)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2018-01-01). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 69 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Reformatting of #3020, with corrections. 2nd verse added.
- Editor: Udo Baake (submitted 2002-02-20). Score information: A4, 1 page, 26 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: v. 2 only.
- Editor: Alfred M. Drenth (submitted 2001-09-28). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 104 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: v. 1 only.
Title: If love's a sweet passion
Composer: Henry Purcell
Description: From The Fairy-Queen, Act III.
Original text and translations
1 If love's a sweet passion why does it torment?
If a bitter, oh tell me, whence comes my content?
Since I suffer with pleasure, why should I complain,
or grieve at my fate, when I know it's in vain?
Yet so pleasing the pain is so soft as the dart,
That at once it both wounds me and tickles my heart
2 I press her hand gently, look languishing down,
and by passionate silence I make my love known.
But oh! How I'm blest when so kind she does prove,
by some willing mistake to discover her love.
When in striving to hide, she reveals her flame,
and in our eyes tell each other what neither dares name.