The self banished (John Blow)

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  • (Posted 2014-09-27)  CPDL #33039:     
Editor: Cathal Twomey (submitted 2014-09-27).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a fourth for low voice. Minor adjustments to the continuo part to accommodate lower pitch.
  • (Posted 2014-09-27)  CPDL #33037:       
Editor: Cathal Twomey (submitted 2014-09-27).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: At original pitch for high voice and continuo. Underlay is first verse only; edition includes suggestions for how to add the other verses.

General Information

Title: The Self Banished
Composer: John Blow
Lyricist: Edmund Waller

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1700
Description: Minuet setting of a poem by Waller, published in 'Amphion Anglicus', a collection of vocal music by John Blow, in 1700.

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Original text and translations

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1  It is not that I love you less
Than when before your feet I lay,
But to prevent the sad increase
Of hopeless love, I keep away.
2  In vain (alas!) for everything
Which I have known belong to you,
Your form does to my fancy bring,
And makes my old wounds bleed anew.
3  Who in the spring from the new sun
Already has a fever got,
Too late begins those shafts to shun,
Which Phœbus through his veins has shot.


4  Too late he would the pain assuage,
And to thick shadows does retire;
About with him he bears the rage,
And in his tainted blood the fire.
5  But vow’d I have, and never must
Your banish’d servant trouble you;
For if I break, you may distrust
The vow I made to love you, too.