This is a piece, for a mezzo-soprano voice, from Dido and Aeneas, an opera composed by Henry Purcell in 1681. Jeff performed it live in his exhibition at Meltdown Festival, London, on July 1 1995:



Thy hand, belinda, darkness shades me.
On thy bosom let me rest.
More I would, but death invades me.
Death is now a welcome guest.

When I am laid in earth, may my wrongs create
No trouble in thy breast.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate.


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    General CommentAmazing performance, but why hasn't it been released yet? I listened to this and it made me want to hear other versions of the song.


    I think it would be cool if sony released an album of Jeff's covers with this on it plus his versions of Smiths, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen songs. Jeff's musical tastes are so diverse and its a cool way to get kids into music that they perhaps havent heard off before.
    Aeneas11on November 11, 2007   Link

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