I faint! I die! (Richard Woodward)

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Title: I faint! I die!
Composer: Richard Woodward
Lyricist: "The Spectator" (?Joseph Addison), after the Song of Solomon, ch. 2create page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1767
Description: From the collection of songs, catches and glees printed in London for the composer, and issued as his Op. 1

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Original text and translations

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I faint! I die! my lab'ring breast
Is with the mighty weight of love oppress'd;
I feel the fire possess my heart,
And pain convey'd to ev'ry part:
Thro' all my veins the passion flies
My feeble soul forsakes its place,
A trembling faintness seals my eyes,
And paleness dwells upon my face:
Oh! let my love with pow'rful odours stay
My fainting love-sick soul, that dies away;
One hand beneath me let him place,
With t'other press me in a chaste embrace.