If wine and music have the pow'r (Stephen Storace)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-08-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 251 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: If wine and music have the pow'r
Composer: Stephen Storace
Lyricist: Matthew Prior
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Unknown

First published: c.1782 (n/d) Eight canzonets
Description: Accompaniment for piano or harp prescribed by the composer.

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Original text and translations

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If Wine and Music have the pow'r
To ease the sickness of the soul;
Let Phoebus ev'ry string explore,
And Bacchus fill the sprightly bowl.
Let Them their friendly aid employ,
To make my Chloe's absence light;
And seek for pleasure, to destroy
The sorrows of this live-long night.

But she tomorrow will return:
Venus, be thou tomorrow great;
Thy myrtles strew, thy odours burn,
And meet thy fav'rite nymph in state.
Kind goddess, to no other pow'rs
Let us tomorrow's blessings own:
My darling love shall guide the hours;
And all the day be thine alone.