Amo, amas (Anonymous)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 109 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Amo, amas
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: John O'Keefecreate page
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1782
Description: Included without attribution in Warren's twenty first collection of glees and catches. A different setting of the words had appeared the year before in Samuel Arnold's opera, "The Agreeable Surprise".

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Original text and translations

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Amo, amas, I love a lass
As a cedar tall and slender;
Sweet cowslip's grace is her nom'tive case,
And she's of the feminine gender.
Rorum corum sunt divorum,
Harum scarum divo;
Tag rag merry derry, periwig and hatband,
Hic hoc horum genitivo.

Can I decline a nymph divine,
Her voice as a flute is dulcis;
Her oculus bright, her manus white,
And soft when I tacto her pulse is.
Rorum corum sunt divorum,
Harum scarum divo;
Tag rag merry derry, periwig and hatband,
Hic hoc horum genitivo.

O how bella my puella
I'll kiss sæcula sæculorum;
If I've luck, sir, she's my uxor,
O dies benedictorum.
Rorum corum sunt divorum,
Harum scarum divo;
Tag rag merry derry, periwig and hatband,
Hic hoc horum genitivo.