Why should men quarrel, Z 630/4d (Henry Purcell)

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Editor: William Long (submitted 2008-03-12).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Why should men quarrel
Composer: Henry Purcell

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

Language: English
Instruments: Mixed ensemble

2 alto recorders and basso continuo

First published: 1695
Description: from the prologue to The Indian Queen.

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Original text and translations

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Why shou'd men quarrel here,
Where all possess as much as they can hope for by success.
None can have most where Nature is so kind,
As to exceed Man's use tho' not his Mind.