The sweet delights of love

Music: Sheena Phillips (ed.). Words: Anon
3 or 4 part equal or mixed voices
performance time approx 1m 25s
Range: a – e'' (twelfth)
Price code: A
Complexity: **

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This piece is the last in the set Rounds from Jane Chattock's book
The first piece is Come buy my cherries
If you don't want to buy the whole set, then you can buy The sweet delights of love individually using the link on this page.
This harmonious song — with a twist — is one of many rounds found in a small music manuscript book inscribed with the name of Jane Chattock. The book, which came to light in a second-hand bookshop in Edinburgh, is dated November 1832, and the entries are in many different hands, suggesting that Jane invited friends and visitors to add rounds to her collection.
If sung with mixed voices, it is effective for male voices to start and to be the first to deliver the third (and punch-) line.


Give me the sweet delights of love.
Let not anxious care destroy them.
Oh! how divine, oh! how divine still to enjoy them,
Oh! how divine still still to enjoy them.

Pure are the blessings love bestowing:
Peace and harmony ever flowing.
Peace and harmony, peace and harmony,
Peace and harmony ever, ever flowing.

A smoaky house,
A failing trade,
Six squalling brats and a scolding jade;
Six squalling brats and a scolding jade.


jade — nagging wife
squalling — quarrelling

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