Phillis (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • (Posted 2016-04-29)  CPDL #39453:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2016-04-29).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Phillis
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella

First published: 1898 in Eight Four-Part Songs, no. 1

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Original text and translations

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Phillis, a herd maid dainty,
Who hath no peer for beauty,
By Thyrsis was requested
To hear the wrongs wherewith his heart was wrested.
But she Diana served,
And would not hear how love poor lovers sterved.

Phillis more white than lilies,
More fair than Amaryllis,
More cold than crystal fountain,
More hard than craggy rock or stony mountain,
O tiger fierce and spiteful,
Why hatest thou love, sith love is so delightful.