Of joys and pleasing pains (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-07)  CPDL #24381:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This version set for SSAATB, but in original key.

General Information

Title: Of joys and pleasing pains
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 26
Description: 1st part of a two-part madrigal, the 2nd part being My throat is sore. Original is SSSATB.

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Original text and translations

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Of joys and pleasing pains I late went singing,
O joys with pains! O pains with joys consenting!
And little thought as then of now repenting;
But now think of my then sweet bitter stinging,
All day long I my hands, alas! go wringing,
The baleful notes of which, my sad tormenting,
Are ruth and moan, frights, sobs, and loud lamenting,
From hills and dales, in my dull ears still ringing.