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Sweeter than roses (1695) Z. 585

Sweeter than roses

Sweeter than roses, or cool evening breeze
On a warm flowery shore, was the dear kiss,
First trembling made me freeze,
Then shot like fire all o’er.
What magic has victorious love!
For all I touch or see since that dear kiss,
I hourly prove, all is love to me.

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Henry Purcell (c. 10 September 1659 – 21 November 1695) was an English composer. It is said that he began composing at nine years old. As an adult, he became organist at Westminster Abbey, and later the Chapel Royal.

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Richard Norton was an English playwright. He is the author of the play 'Pausanias, The Betrayer of His Country', and had his words set to music by Henry Purcell, of which 'Sweeter Than Roses Z. 585' is the most famous.

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