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Written by JulieW
(3/2/2007 8:29 a.m.)
I see that here is a theory on the board about Bob being disngenious regarding these songs. I cannot think so lowly of my clueless Bob.
Absoulute suggests( in deference to Faulkland's temperament, no doubt ) that Julia might have sung, When absent from my soulís delight? from Twelve Songs Set to Musicby William Jackson of Exeter ,Opera Quarta (London, ) Song VI:
When absent from my Soul's Delight,
William Jackson of Exeter was one of the 18th centuries hidden musical stars.His account fo hs life( in the 2001 Reveiw , published by the Gainsborough's House Museum) states that his temperament , which appers to be of a most melancholy kind, kept him awway from the bright lights of Londond,and even Bath and thus he ws unable to capitalise on his talent. He spent some time in Bath,however and whilst there became( yes, you guessed it) a friend of the Linley family,before retiring back to Exeter.
Here is his suitably melancholic portrait by Gainsborough.
Go, gentle gales! is also suggested by Absoulute.This was also written by Willima Jackson, and in fact the song is number 5 in the same Volume of songs as above,but the words are adapted from lines from Pope's poem 'Autumn, The Third Pastoral' :
Go, gentle gales
Go gentle Gales go gentle Gales and bear my sighs away,
Note the use of the name "Delia"
However my tuthful Bob informs Faulkland that Julia sang altogether quite a differnet genre of song :My heartís my own, my will is free,written by Isaac Bickerstaff from his comic opera,, Love in a Village (1762),
I. i, Air iii:
My heart's my own, my will is free,
Make of that what you will;-)
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