As thy shadow itself apply'th (Thomas Whythorne)
- Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2021-02-10). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 92 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction
First published: 1571
Description: This is the song upon which E.J.Moeran based his orchestral piece, evocatively titled 'Whythorne's Shadow'. The lower 4 voices, although originally underlaid with text, might also be rendered instrumentally.
Original text and translations
As thy shadow itself apply’th
To follow thee whereso thou go,
And when thou bends, itself it wry’th,
Turning, as thou, both to and fro;
The flatterer doth even so
And shapes himself the same to gloze,
With many a fawning and gay show,
Whom he would frame for his purpose.