While liquid odours round him breathe (William Jackson of Exeter)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-08-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 457 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: While liquid odours round him breathe
Composer: William Jackson of Exeter
Lyricist: Horace (trans. Philip Francis)create page
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo, strings accompaniment

First published: c.1755

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Original text and translations

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While liquid odours round him breathe,
What youth, the rosy bow'r beneath,
Now courts thee to be kind?
For whose unwary heedless heart,
Do you, thus drest with careless art,
Your yellow tresses bind.

How often shall th'unpractis'd youth
Of alter'd gods and injur'd truth,
With tears, alas, complain!
How soon behold, with wond'ring eyes,
The black'ning wind's tempestuous rise,
And scowl along the main.

While by his easy faith betray'd
He now enjoys thee, golden maid,
All amiable and kind;
He fondly hopes that you shall prove
Thus ever vacant to his love,
Now heeds the faithless wind.

Unhappy they, to whom untried,
You shine alas! in beauty's pride;
While I now safe on shore,
Will consecrate the pictur'd storm,
And all my grateful vows perform,
To Neptune's saving pow'r.