Flora gave me fairest flowers (John Wilbye)

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General Information

Title: Flora gave me fairest flowers
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 22

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Flora gave me fairest flowers,
None so fair in Flora's treasure:
These I plac'd on Phillis' bowers,
She was pleas'd, and she my pleasure
Smiling meadows seem to say,
Come ye wantons, here to play.

German.png German translation

Flora gab mir die schönsten Blumen,
keine gibt’s so schön in Floras Schatzkasten,
die hab’ ich in Phyllis Lauben gesetzt,
hat sie erfreut, und sie ist meine Freude.
Lächelnde Wiesen scheinen, als ob sie sagen,
„Kommt hierher zu spielen, Nymphen!“