Blest as th'immortal gods is he (William Jackson of Exeter)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-08-11).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 929 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Blest as th'immortal gods is he
Composer: William Jackson of Exeter
Lyricist: Sappho (trans. Ambrose Philips)create page
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo, strings accompaniment

First published: c.1755

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Original text and translations

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Blest as th'immortal gods is he,
The youth who fondly sits by thee;
And hears and sees thee all the while,
Sweetly speak and sweetly smile.

'Twas this depriv'd my soul of rest,
And rais'd such tumults in my breast;
For while I gaz'd, in transport toss'd,
My breath was gone, my voice was lost.

My bosom glow'd a subtle flame,
Ran quick thro' all my vital frame:
O'er my dim eyes a darkness hung;
My ears with hollow murmurs rung.

In dewy damps my limbs were chill'd;
My blood with gentle horror thrill'd.
My feeble pulse forgot to play,
I fainted, sunk and died away.