Thomas Arne
(1710 - 1778)

Arne : Soft pleasing pains : illustration

Soft pleasing pains
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A song by Arne reharmonised and arranged for use as a glee by Joseph Corfe.
Lyrics: Anon

Soft pleasing pains, unknown before,
My beating bosom feels,
When I behold the blissful bow'r,
Where dearest Delia dwells;
That way I daily drive my flock,
Ah, happy, happy vale;
There look and wish and, while I look,
My sighs increase the gale.

O tell, ye shades that hold my fair,
And all my bliss contain,
Ah, why should ye those blessings share,
For which I sigh in vain.
Yet let me not at fate repine,
Nor thus my griefs impart;
She's not your tenant, she is mine,
Her mansion is my heart.