Recorder I (Treble) part from The Beggar's Opera: 5. Virgins are Like the Fair Flow'r in its Lustre

(melody line only) Henry Purcell
1 minute
Classical music

Here we meet Polly, Peachum's daughter, for the first time, and she is assuring her father that she knows the commercial and social value of holding on to one's virginity as long as possible (although she has in fact just secretly married MacHeath)

Both recorder players are used here, but the flute, oboe, one bassoon, the percussionist, the violin and double bass are all resting. The bassoon may be substituted by a cello

The original of this tune is an air entitled "What shall I do to show how much I love her?" from Purcell's masque "Dioclesian", first produced in 1690 and still very popular in 1727 when The Beggar's Opera appeared.

Which method of viewing music should I use?

Score Exchange has two methods to display previews of music: seView which uses regular html and javascipt and the Scorch plug-in from Avid which needs to be downloaded and installed onto your computer. Both have advantages and disadvantages:


seView, is the most compatible option. You should be able to view music on all modern web browsers including most mobile devices. Even if your device does not support javascript you should still be able to preview at least page one of the music.

You do not need to install any additional software to use seView.


Scorch is a free plug-in from Avid for displaying and printing music. It can also play the music that you're seeing. As modern web browsers are updated, Scorch is no longer compatible with many browsers. Scorch has never been compatible with mobile devices and some web browsers on Mac computers.

If your web browser does not install Scorch automatically, you can click here to download and install scorch manually.

cloud scorch goes here

This part was submitted by Linda Fox. If you wish to perform, record, or broadcast this music then you should contact them first.

In order to submit this part to Linda Fox has declared that they own the copyright to this work in its entirety or that they have been granted permission from the copyright holder to use their work. If you believe that this part should be not available here because it infringes your or someone elses copyright, please report this part using the copyright abuse form.