When forced from dear Hebe to go (Thomas Arne)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2015-04-19).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: When forced from dear Hebe to go
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: William Shenstone (adapted)create page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
Description: James Brooks redrafted an old but popular song of Thomas Arne for use as a glee. It was put to that use by the Bath Philharmonic Society.
Arne's tune is to be found in the first tenor part.

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Original text and translations

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When forced from dear Hebe to go,
What anguish I felt at my heart;
And I thought, but it might not be so,
She was sorry to see me depart.
She cast such a languishing view,
My path I could scarcely discern;
So sweetly she bade me adieu,
I thought that she bade me return.

Methinks she might like to retire
To the grove I had laboured to rear,
For whatever I heard her admire,
I hasted and planted it there.
Her voice such a pleasure conveys,
So much I her accents adore.
Let her speak, and whatever she says,
I'm sure still to love her the more.