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Welcome to all the pleasures

 

A Musical Entertainment perform'd on November XXII 1683, it being the Festival of St Cecilia, a great Patroness of Music".

Symphony

Alto, tenor and bass: chorus: ritornello

Welcome to all the pleasures that delight
Of ev'ry sense the grateful appetite,
Hail, great assembly of Apollo's race.
Hail to this happy place, this musical assembly
That seems to be the arc of universal harmony.

Alto: ritornello

Here the Deities approve
The God of Music and of Love;
All the talents they have lent you,
All the blessings they have sent you,
Pleas'd to see what they bestow,
Live and thrive so well below.

Two sopranos and bass: ritornello

While joys celestial their bright souls invade
To find what great improvement you have made.

Alto, tenor and bass: chorus

Then lift up your voices, those organs of nature,
Those charms to the troubled and amorous creature.
The power shall divert us a pleasanter way,
For sorrow and grief find from music relief,
And love its soft charms must obey.
Then lift up your voices, those organs of nature,
Those charms to the troubled and amorous creature.

Tenor: ritornello

Beauty, thou scene of love,
And virtue thou innocent fire,
Made by the powers above
To temper the heat of desire,
Music that fancy employs
In rapture of innocent flame,
We offer with lute and with voice
To Cecilia, Cecilia's bright name.

Tenor: chorus

In a consort of voices while instruments play
With music we celebrate this holy day;
Iô Cecilia

 


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