Purcell – I see she flies me

Song Information

Title: I see she flies me

Composer: Henry Purcell (1659-1695)

Author: John Dryden (1631-1700)

Sheet Music

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  • PDF: I see she flies me
    • Key: G Minor
    • Range: D4 – G5
    • Note: I have corrected the text in this edition by removing the s from the end of discover, noting that it broke the rhyme. However, the original Orpheus Brittanicus also has “discovers.” This edition is available uncorrected from Google Books. (See source)
    • Source: Six Songs by Henry Purcell

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Song Text

I see she flies me ev’rywhere,
Her eyes her scorn discover;
But what’s her scorn or my despair,
Since ’tis my fate to love her.
Were she but kind whom I adore,
I might live longer, but not love her more.