I saw lovely Phillis (Robert Lucas Pearsall)

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  • (Posted 2019-11-28)  CPDL #56108:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-28).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I saw lovely Phillis
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1840
    2nd published: 1877 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 10, no. 290

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Original text and translations

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1  I saw lovely Phillis lying on lilies,
And fairer was she than her flowery bed;
But when she did spy me,
O, then did she fly me;
Not heeding nor hearing one word that I said.
Why did she fly, when I wished her to stay?
It is not well done, to drive lovers away;
For they'll sing fa la la.

2  And when I next meet her, how shall I greet her?
If she should come smilingly forward to me,
No, no, I will spite her:
I'll shun her and slight her,
And cold and unfeeling as marble I'll be.
What do I care, e'en though she despair?
Her hands let her wring, I will merrily sing;
I will sing fa la la la.