No ice so hard, so cold as I (Thomas Arne)

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Title: No ice so hard, so cold as I
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: David Garrick
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo high
Genre: SecularAria

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo violin obbligato

First published: 1767
Description: Sung by James Dodd, in the character of Fribble, in a production of Garrick's Miss in her Teens, at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, c.1767.

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Original text and translations

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No ice so cold, so hard as I,
Till warmed and softened by your eye;
And now my heart dissolves away
In dreams by night and sighs by day.
No brutal passion fires my breast,
Which loathes the object when possessed;
But one of harmless, gentle kind,
Whose joys are centred in the mind.
Then take with me love's better part;
His downy wing but not his dart.