The Beggar's Opera: 13. My Heart was so Free

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MacHeath reassures Polly of his undying devotion. Now I have to say at this stage that I think MacHeath is a two-faced lying toad and I wouldn't trust him further than I could throw him, but I have nothing against whoever is going to act and sing the part, so I've tried to keep the music amiable! The second half of this number was originally a dance.

The original of this tune is a popular ballad named "Pray Fair One Be Kind", attributed to Richard Leveridge. It had appeared in the Restoration Comedy "The Recruiting Officer" by George Farquhar some twenty years earlier.

Score ID
John Gay
Moderate (Grades 4-6)
1 minute
Large mixed ensemble
Classical music

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