Come, blessed bird (Edward Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2020-06-03)  CPDL #59037:     
Editor: Gary D. Cannon (submitted 2020-06-03).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2006-05-19)  CPDL #11751:        (Finale 2006)
Editor: Roel Griffioen (submitted 2006-05-19).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Come, blessed bird
Composer: Edward Johnson

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: vocal

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 24

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Original text and translations

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Come, come, blessed bird,
and with thy sugared relish
help our declining choir now to embellish,
For Bonnyboots, for Bonnyboots,
that so aloft would fetch it,
Ohe is dead and none of us can reach it.
Then tune to us,
sweet bird, thy shrill recorder,
and Elpin, and I, and Dorus,
for fault of better,
will serve in the chorus:
Begin and we will follow thee in order,
Then sang the woodborn minstrel of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.