Henry Purcell, “What a sad fate”



Performers:  Daniel Thomson, tenor

                      Thomas Leininger, harpsichord



Source:         Orpheus Britannicus. London: J. Heptinstall for Henry Playford, 1698 (p. 165).



Text:             What a sad fate is mine,

                       my love is my crime,

                       what a sad fate is mine!

                       Or why should she be,

                       why should she be more easy,

                       and free to all than to me?

                       But if by disdain,

                       she can lessen my pain,

                       ’tis all I implore:

                       to make me love less,

                       or herself to love more.