What a sad fate, Z 428 (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: William Long (submitted 2008-03-12).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed to a minor from the original key of c minor.

General Information

Title: What a sad fate
Composer: Henry Purcell

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo realized for keyboard, guitar, or baroque guitar

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Original text and translations

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What a sad Fate is mine?
My Love is my crime;
Why shou'd she be more easy, and free
to all, than to me,
But if by disdain,
she can lessen my pain,
'tis all I implore;
to make me Love less, or her self to Love more.