The love rapture (Thomas Arne)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2010-04-21).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: The Love Rapture
Composer: Thomas Arne

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1767
Description: From Warren's third collection of canons, catches and glees. The Monthly Review, July 1767 reviewed a similar collection and mentioned this particular glee in the following terms: "The mere reader will doubtless be disappointed if he expects to find any degree of entertainment in this sing-song collection above that which he ordinarily meets with in the production of our garden-muses. As an example, what can be more namby-pambyish than the following glee?"

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Original text and translations

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Fair the op'ning lily blows,
Sweet the fragrant citron grows
Which perfumes the eastern grove.
Say! Can aught with these compare?
Oh much fairer, sweeter far,
Bloom the charms of her I love.