The lass with the delicate air (John Ebenezer West)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-18)  CPDL #78300:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-18).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 596 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The lass with the delicate air
Composer: Michael Arne
Arranger: John Ebenezer West
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1918 Novello and Co.
Description: Melody by Michael Arne (1740–1786)

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Original text and translations

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Young Molly who lived at the foot of the hill,
Whose fame ev‘ry maiden with envy doth fill,
Of beauty is blest with so ample a share,
Men call her the lass with the delicate air.

One ev’ning last May, as I traversed the grove,
In thoughtless retirement not dreaming of love,
I chanced to espy the gay nymph, I declare,
And really she had a most delicate air.

That moment Young Cupid selected a dart,
And pierc’d without pity my innocent heart,
And from thence how to gain the dear maid was my care,
For a captive I fell to her delicate air.