Valentine's day (Thomas Arne)
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Title: Valentine's day
Composer: Thomas Arne
Number of voices: 1v Voicing: solo high
Genre: Secular, Art song
Instruments: Basso continuo, violin accompaniment
First published: 1754 The Agreeable Musical Choice
2nd published: 1762 Clio and Euterpe, or, British Harmony
Description: Probably performed at the London pleasure gardens.
Original text and translations
When blushes dy'd the cheek of morn,
And dew-drops glisten'd on the thorn;
When skylarks tuned their carols sweet,
To hail the god of light and heat;
Philander, from his downy bed,
To fair Lisetta's chamber sped,
Crying: "Awake, sweet love of mine,
I'm come to be thy valentine".
Soft love, that balmy sleep denies,
Had long unveil'd her brilliant eyes,
Which (that a kiss she might obtain)
She artfully had clos'd again:
He sunk, thus caught in beauty's trap,
Like Phoebus into Thetis' lap,
And near forgot that his design
Was but to be her valentine.
She, starting, cried: "I am undone;
Philander, charming youth, be gone!
For this time, to your vows sincere,
Make virtue, not yourself, appear:
No sleep has closed these watchful eyes
(Forgive the simple fond disguise);
To gen'rous thoughts your heart incline,
And be my faithful valentine".
The brutal passion sudden fled,
Fair honour govern'd in its stead,
And both agreed, e'er setting sun,
To join two virtuous hearts in one;
Their beauteous offspring soon did prove
The sweet effects of mutual love;
And, from that hour to life's decline,
She bless'd the day of Valentine.