O fly not, O take some pity (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-29)  CPDL #26060:         
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General Information

Title: O fly not, O take some pity
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Canzonets to Three Voices, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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O fly not, O take some pity.
I faint alas, I faint; O stay, O stay her.
See how she flies away;
O stay and hear my prayer.
With one sweet look you may of torment ease me;
I am no tiger fierce that seeks to spill thee.
No, no, I see, thou dost but this to kill me.
Lo then I die, and all to please thee.