Now each flowery bank of May (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-28)  CPDL #47062:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-10-28).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A capella version of #20817.
  • (Posted 2010-01-13)  CPDL #20817:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone to G minor. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Revised files uploaded 28/10/17.

General Information

Title: Now each flowery bank of May
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1612 in The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, no. 12

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Original text and translations

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Now each flowery bank of May,
Woos the streams that glide away,
Mountains fanned by a sweet gale,
Loves the humble-looking dale,
Winds the loved leaves do kiss,
Each thing tasteth of love's bliss.
Only I, though blest I be
To be loved by destiny,
Love confessed by her sweet breath,
Whose love is life, whose hate is death.