Like two proud armies (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2008-08-24)  CPDL #17963:     
Editor: Michael Gibson (submitted 2008-08-24).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 252 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Like two proud armies
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Written c.1600
First published: 1982 in Das Chorwerk, no. 132.7

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Original text and translations

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Like two proud armies marching in the field,
joining a thund'ring fight, each scorns to yield;
So in my heart, your beauty and my reason,
one claims the crown, the other says 'tis treason.
But O your beauty shineth as the sun
and dazzled reason yields as quite undone.