Musica per un istante

Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695): Musick for a while. Helen Watts (1927 - 2009), contralto.

Musick for a while
Shall all your cares beguile.
Wond’ring how your pains were eas’d
And disdaining to be pleas’d
Till Alecto free the dead
From their eternal bands,
Till the snakes drop from her head,
And the whip from out her hands.

Purcell, Musick for a while