Robert Herrick

Tom Cain and Ruth Connolly (eds), The Complete Poetry of Robert Herrick, Vol. 2

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Orpheus Howle not you Ghosts and furies while I sing

2  Accents of griefe to your infernall King

3  Pluto oh! Pluto pitty my sad teares!

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Pluto What heavenly raptur's this doth peirce our eares?

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  Love Hark

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  Pl Hark

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  Lo hark

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  Pl hark

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  Lo and Pl what art that cal'st to Hell?

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  Or Orpheus the poore poore Thracian Minstrell

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  Pl What cam'st thou here for!

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Or Justice.

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  Pl What's thy plea?

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Or To crave againe my deare Euridice

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  Pl Com'st thou for her whom fate's too hasty sheares

14  cut off but in the blossome of her yeares ?

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  Or for her I come

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Pl Fond man she's our's by fate

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  Lo Yet Love's entreaty never comes too Late

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  Pl What should infernall Jove doe?

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  Or Deigne to warne the fatall Sisters to retwist the yarne

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  Lo But oh! it is in Pluto's power to doe it?

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  Or If he but nodd and put the Parcae to it

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  Lo Let Love move Pluto

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Or let my griefe tormenting

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  Lo and Or And jointly both move Pluto to repenting

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  Pl Can we in justice doe it?

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Or Jove may and who dares

24  speak 'gainst that which Jove is pleas'd to doe?

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  Lo and Or Call backe her fate and give a new beginning

Critical Apparatus26  to the cut web and blesse the thread in spinning

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  Pl Why then triumph, why then triumph

28  go take her hence and tell

29  Thy Musick fetcht Euridice from Hell.

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  Chorus Such are thy measures Musick such thy charmes

31that it the Furies of their brands disarmes.

32Such were thy active numbers Musick then

Critical Apparatus33when thou build'st Thebes and cast it downe agen

Mr Robert Ramsy

Mr Heyrick

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10 poore The repetition of 'poore' is indicated only by a repeat mark in the setting.
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26 Unlike Orpheus, Love repeats the words 'To the cut web' in the musical setting.
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27 The repetition of 'Why then triumph' is indicated only by a repeat mark in the setting.
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33 The three characters sing the last line of the poem in imitative counterpoint. Also, the poetic line of each character, especially in l. 29, contains slight orthographical variants. For these, see the musical setting.
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