James Corfe
(1713 - c.1765)

The Power of Music
(T.Continuo)
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Publ. c.1745 in Twelve English songs..Opera prima.
Lyrics: William Strode

When Orpheus sweetly did complain,
On warbling lyre with mournful strain,
How his Eurydice was slain.
Each murm'ring brook its course forsook,
And list'ning glided o'er the plain.

A note so soft, a lyre so shrill
And trembling, touch'd with so much skill,
Mov'd ev'ry mountain, ev'ry hill.
The aspine tree, as well as he,
Began to play and learn to trill.

The savage bestial all around,
By nature fierce and desp'rate found,
Were sooth'd to softness by the sound.
And as he played they after strayed,
Subservient trod th'enchanted ground.

If in the sounds of music dwell
Such pow'rful charms and magic spell,
As drew Eurydice from hell;
Restore my song, Belinda gone,
And right the sounds of music tell.