When the god of merry love (Thomas Campion)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-26)  CPDL #26037:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 10 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: When the god of merry love
Composer: Thomas Campion

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: A
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1601 in A Booke of Ayres, no. 15

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Original text and translations

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When the god of merry love
As yet in his cradle lay,
Thus his wither’d nurse did say,
Thou a wanton boy will prove
To deceive the powers above;
For by thy continual smiling,
I see thy power of beguiling.

Therewith she the babe did kiss,
When a sudden fire out came
From those burning lips of his,
That did her with love enflame,
But none would regard the same,
So that, to her day of dying,
The old wretch liv’d ever crying.