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Rosamond, an Opera - 1707

J.Addison (1707)

Context

Location: 
London?
TQ3079
Time of Occurrence: 
[Not given]
Collective name: 
[Not given]

Source

Author: 
Joseph Addison (1707)
Title: 
Rosamond. An Opera [2nd ed]
Publication: 
London, Jacob Tonson, 1707

Cast

[None]

Text

{Act I, sc. i.}

What place is here!
What scenes appear!
Where'er I turn my eyes,
All around
Enchanted ground
And soft Elysiums rise:
Flow'ry mountains,
Mossy fountains,
Shady woods,
Chrystal floods,
With wild variety surprise.
As o'er the hollow vaults we walk,
A hundred echoes round us talk:
From hill to hill the voice is tost,
Rocks rebounding,
Caves resounding,
Not a single word is lost.

{Also}

Behold on yonder rising ground
The bower, that wanders
In meanders,
Ever bending,
Never ending,
Glades on glades,
Shades in shades,
Running an eternal round.

{And}

Hark, hark! what sound invades my ear?
The conqueror's approach I hear.
He comes, victorious Henry comes!
Hautboys, Trumpets, Fifes and Drums,
In dreadful concert join'd,
Send from afar
A sound of war,
And fill with horror ev'ry wind.

{See also}

From walk to walk, from shade to shade,
From stream to purling stream convey'd,
Through all the mazes of the grove,
Through all the mingling tracts I rove,
Turning,
Burning,
Changing,
Ranging,
Full of grief and full of love.
Impatient for my Lord's return,
I sigh, I pine, I rave, I mourn.

{Cf. the concluding words of Act I, sc. iv.}

'Tis Henry's march! the tune I know:

Notes

Parts of this work are used in the play from Truro, Cornwall (formerly assigned to Mylor).

Not yet proof-read against the original - 28/05/2002