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Travers was a chorister at the Chapel Royal under John Goldwin, was taught by Pepusch, and was apprenticed to Maurice Greene. He held the post of Organist at the Chapel Royal from 1737 until his death. This piece is one of six three-part canzonets published in Travers' "Eighteen Canzonets", London, 1746. This collection was an early and popular contribution to works in the canzonet style, and helped set the template for writers of more ambitious glees in the second half of the eighteenth century. The original edition contained a particularly meticulous figured bass. That has been abandoned in the present edition in favour of a reduction. These canzonets were incorporated into the glee tradition, and are most appropriately performed in accordance with that tradition; unaccompanied.

Lyrics: Anon

Pleasure's enchanted ground I'll tread,
Where love and youthful fancy lead,
For life as yet is in her spring,
As yet I'll toy and laugh and sing.

When cynics rail, or pedants frown,
My smile repays their angry brow;
Their rigid maxims I disown,
I hate the gloomy, selfish crew.
For life as yet is in her spring,
As yet I'll toy and laugh and sing.

Be mine the joys of social life,
Where innocence and peace reside,
Still may good nature vanquish strife,
And honour reign each action's guide
.
While Phyllis is as kind as fair
Fly discontent and sullen care;
Her smiles can make perpetual spring,
With her I'll toy, to her I'll sing.

John Travers
(c.1703 - 1758)

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