Fill me a bowl (James Corfe)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-04-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 296 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Figured bass realised editorially

General Information

Title: Fill me a bowl
Composer: James Corfe
Lyricist: John Oldhamcreate page
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: T
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: basso continuo

First published: c.1745 in A Collection of songs
Description: Corfe, a tenor, sang as a soloist in Handel's oratorios in the 1730s-'40s. Any similarity to Handel's style (and in particular to the opening phrase of "Total eclipse" (Samson)) is probably fortuitous.

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Original text and translations

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Large as my capacious soul;
Vast as my thirst is, let it have
Depth enough to be my grave:
I mean the grave of all my care,
For I design to bury it there.
Let it of silver fashion'd be,
Worthy of wine, worthy of me;
Worthy to adorn the spheres,
As that bright cup amongst the stars.