Go tell Amynta, gentle swain (Maria Hester Park)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-11-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Go tell Amynta, gentle swain
Composer: Maria Hester Park
Lyricist: John Dryden

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSB, TTB and SSA
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1790

Description: There is nothing in the cleffing of this piece to indicate that Park expected performance by any other than the contemporary standard (all-male) forces. In deference to her gender, a transposed edition is provided to enable performance by female choirs.

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Original text and translations

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Go tell Amynta, gentle swain,
That he who loves her loves in vain.
Thy tuneful sounds with numbers join;
Thy power will more prevail than mine.

A sigh, a tear, perhaps she'll give,
But love, O pity, cannot live;
Tell her that hearts for hearts were made,
And love with love is only paid.