Henry Purcell (1659 - 21 novembre 1695): «Fairest isle», aria per soprano (Venere) dal V atto della semi-opera King Arthur Z 628 (1691); testo di John Dryden. Anna Dennis, soprano; Voices of Music.
Fairest isle, all isles excelling,
Seat of pleasure and of love,
Venus here will choose her dwelling,
And forsake her Cyprian grove.
Cupid from his fav’rite nation
Care and envy will remove;
Jealousy that poisons passion,
And despair that dies for love.
Gentle murmurs, sweet complaining,
Sighs that blow the fire of love,
Soft repulses, kind disdaining,
Shall be all the pains you prove.
Ev’ry swain shall pay his duty,
Grateful ev’ry nymph shall prove;
And as these excel in beauty,
Those shall be renown’d for love.