Myrtilla (Samuel Howard)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-05-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 190 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: Myrtilla
Composer: Samuel Howard
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1763 (in glee form)
Description: A solo song subsequently redrafted as a glee by the composer, for performance at Vauxhall.

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Original text and translations

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Ye cheerful virgins, have you seen
My fair Myrtilla pass the green,
To rose or jasmine bower?
Where does she seek the woodbine shade?
For sure ye know the blooming maid,
Sweet as the May-born flower.

Her cheek is like the maiden rose,
Joined with the lily as it blows,
Where each in sweetness vie:
Like dewdrops glist'ring in the morn,
When Phoebus gilds the flow'ring thorn,
Health sparkles in her eye.

Her song is like the linnet's lay,
That warbles cheerful on the spray,
To hail the vernal beam.
Her heart is blither than her song,
Her passions gently move along,
Like the smooth gliding stream.