Scene 1: First Love After a sonata by the Moravian bass viol virtuoso Gottfried Finger,
who worked in London in the 1690s, the first part explores the delights of love.
The two dialogues by Jeremiah Clarke come from a masque in the operatic play The
Island Princess, which equates the various ages of love with the four seasons. In
between there is a remarkable ground bass song by the London organist Francis Forcer
that is effectively a dialogue, though the two characters just sing a verse each
instead of responding to each other in the normal way.
Must I a girl forever be! Will n'er my mother marry me?
SHE Aside Oh what shall I say! When a gentleman suiters, 'tis hard to say nay, I'm e'en
out of breath; Oh dear! What d'ye do? Good Lord is it thus that you gentle folks woo!