Hedsor Vale (James Hook)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2023-10-04).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 1.3 MB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. The keyboard part is an editorial condensation of the orchestral parts, and the song may be performed with this accompaniment alone.

General Information

Title: Hedsor Vale
Composer: James Hook
Lyricist: T. C. Rickmancreate page
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo low
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Orchestra,Keyboard

First published:
Description: Written for performance at Vauxhall; Mr (?William) Darley was the first singer.

External websites:

Original text and translations

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Each fluent bard, replete with wit,
In equal numbers shines,
And sweetly flows some fancied name
To grace his polish'd lines.
He calls the Muses to his aid;
In verse he tells his am'rous tale.
Be thou my muse, my much-lov'd maid,
The fairest flow'r of Hedsor Dale.

I feel the warm, the pleasing fire,
Within my bosom roll,
And purest love, and chaste desire,
Steal softly on my soul:
In vain I would the flame conceal,
And hide those cares my heart assail;
My talk and looks and sighs prevail,
I love the flow'r of Hedsor Dale.

What pity that a nymph so fair
With winning shape and face,
Should be devoted to some clown,
Or rustic's rude embrace!
That form demands a better fate:
Sweet hope, perhaps I can prevail;
I'll try before it is too late,
To cull the flow'r of Hedsor Dale.