John Travers
(c.1703 - 1758)

Cupid's promise
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Travers was a chorister at the Chapel Royal under John Goldwin, was taught by Pepusch, and was apprenticed to Maurice Greene. He held the post of Organist at the Chapel Royal from 1737 until his death. This piece is one of six three-part canzonets published in Travers' "Eighteen Canzonets", London, 1746. This collection was an early and popular contribution to works in the canzonet style, and helped set the template for writers of more ambitious glees in the second half of the eighteenth century. The original edition contained a particularly meticulous figured bass. That has been abandoned in the present edition in favour of a reduction. These canzonets were incorporated into the glee tradition, and are most appropriately performed in accordance with that tradition; unaccompanied.
Lyrics: Matthew Prior

Soft Cupid, wanton, am'rous boy,
The other day, moved with my lyre;
In flatt'ring accents spoke his joy,
And uttered thus his fond desire.

O raise thy voice, one song I ask,
Touch then th'harmonious string,
To Thyrsis easy is the task,
Who can so sweetly play and sing.

Two kisses from my mother dear,
Thyrsis, thy due reward shall be;
None like beauty's queen is fair,
Paris has vouched this truth for me.

I strait replied, Thou know'st alone
That brightest Cloe rules my breast;
I'll sing thee two instead of one,
If thou'lt be kind and make be blest.

One kiss from Cloe's lips, no more I crave,
He promised me success.
I played with all my skill and pow'r ,
My glowing passion to express;

But O! my Cloe, beauteous maid,
Wilt thou the wished reward bestow?
Wilt thou make good what love has said?
And by thy grant his Power show?