This is the very talented and adventurous Brooklyn Youth Chorus singing Nico Myhly’s “Advice to a Young Woman”. I have yet to find the full text available, but I know it’s from The lady’s new-years gift, or, Advice to a daughter by George Saville, Marquie of Halifax (1633-1695).

Below I include any of the text I located via his writing that I can hear or see on the video. I copied it completely, although Muhly may have deleted a few words here and there.

…it must engage you to have a perpetual watch upon your eyes, and to remember that one careless glance giveth more advantage than a hundred words not enough considered; the language of the eyes being very much the most significant, and the most observed.

It is better for a woman never to dance becasue she hat no skill in it, than to do it often, because she doth it well.

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