Shepherd, leave decoying, Z 628/16 (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: William Long (submitted 2006-03-24).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Shepherd, leave decoying
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: Soprano duo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

2 alto recorders (or 2 soprano recorders) & basso continuo

First published: 1692
  2nd published: 1706 in Orpheus Britannicus (Henry Purcell), p. 236
Description: #5 from Duets from Orpheus Britannicus. Originally from King Arthur, Act II.

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Original text and translations

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Shepherd, Shepherd, leave decoying,
Pipes are sweet as Summers day,
but a little after Toying
Women have the Shot to Pay;
here are Marriage Vows for sighing,
set their Marks that cannot Write;
after that without repineing,
play and welcome Day and Night.