Down in my garden fair (Robert Lucas Pearsall)
- Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-27). Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 385 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-11). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 102 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
Title: Down in my garden fair
Composer: Robert Lucas Pearsall
Original text and translations
Down in my garden fair
Do pinks and roses bloom,
And flirt with every passing air
That stealeth their perfume.
And does not lovely Phillida
Her beauty bright display,
And flirt with every shepherd swain?
But none takes aught away!
Her eyes, like diamonds bright to view
Do make their lustre felt;
Her heart is like a diamond, too,
Impossible to melt!
Ye lovely maidens, have a care,
Call reason to your aid;
Be merciful while you are fair,
For like a flower you fade!