Fain would I wed a fair young man (Thomas Campion)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-25)  CPDL #26025:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-25).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 16 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Fain I would wed a fair young man
Composer: Thomas Campion

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1617 in The Fourth Booke of Ayres, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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Fain would I wed a fair young man, that day and night could please me:
When my mind or body grieved, that had the power to ease me.
Maids are full of longing thoughts that breed a bloodless sickness:
And that oft I hear men say, is only cured by quickness.
Oft I have been wooed and prayed, but never could be moved:
Many for a day or so I have most dearly loved;
But this foolish mind of mine straight loathes the thing resolved.
If to love is sin in me, that sin is soon absolved.
Sure I think I shall at last fly to some holy order;
When I once am settled there then can I fly no farther.
Yet I would not die a maid because I had a mother;
As I was by one brought forth, I would bring forth another.