In book four of the Aeneid, Dido and Aeneas fall in love. The god's decree that Aeneas is wasting time and he leaves as Dido kills herself in grief for her lost love.
The music is a gittar improvisation (A Dance Gittars Chacony) from Purcell's Dido and Aeneas, and is taken from a recording of a performance at Bury Court, Bentley.
In a cave on hill we sheltered from the storm
All alone we tried to keep warm
Our trains and keepers washed away by the weather
Finally chance for we two lovers to be together
Here I stand before you
The truth on my lips oh my love I adore you
My senses left naked, defenses defeated
My heart is open for your eyes have entreated
I cannot escape you are all that matters
Your sweet siren song leaves my duty in tatters
How can so hard a fate be took?
One night enjoyed and the next forsook
We both know
That I must go
from Lent 2010,
track released March 5, 2010
Music written by Henry Purcell and Performed by Southbank Sinfonia. Lyrics and Vocals by Robert Wells.