«Let me, let me freeze again to death»


What power art thou, who from below
hast made me rise unwillingly and slow
from beds of everlasting snow?
See’st thou not how stiff and wondrous old,
far unfit to bear the bitter cold,
I can scarcely move or draw my breath?
Let me, let me freeze again to death.

(il Genio del Freddo a Cupido, che suscita calore d’amore e d’abbracci)

Henry Purcell, King Arthur (1691), libretto di John Dryden