Ay me, poor heart! (Giles Farnaby)

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  • (Posted 2011-07-28)  CPDL #24015:         
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General Information

Title: Ay me, poor heart!
Composer: Giles Farnaby

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Canzonets to Four Voices, no. 15

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Original text and translations

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Ay me, poor heart!
Since Love hath played his part,
my senses all are lost,
my mind eke tossed
like waves that swell.
Sweet god of Love,
thou dost excel!
Thy passions move
my mind to prove
that turtle dove.
She flies, she flies;
my love she tries.
Help, gods that sit on high!
O send me remedy.