Welcome to the grove (William Smegergill)

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  • (Posted 2021-07-21)  CPDL #65238:         
Editors: Jonathan Goodliffe and Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-07-21).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 201 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Welcome to the grove
Composer: William Smegergill
Lyricist: Thomas Randolph [attributed to]
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1653
Description: A song for 3 voices. May be part of a set with "Music, music, thou queen of souls".

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Original text and translations

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Welcome to the grove, these flowers,
These bowers, this embroidered bed of flowers.
Here with a song more sweet than long,
We will beguile the sliding hours.
See a new spring and every plant,
Which of perfection finds a want,
doth from that cheek and from that eye
Crave and receive a new supply.
The sun observing marigold
That with his light her beams unfold:
Those tulips a new way do seek
To stock their mixtures from her cheek.
Those violets drooping near to death,
Take life and odour from her breath,
Whilst the whole choir of birds
Rejoice to improve their warbling from her voice.
Then all must grant here's to be seen,
Beauties' and music's magazine.