Rubies and pearls (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-01)  CPDL #43340:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-03-01).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #31884, with minor adjustments to underlay. Musica ficta are editorial.
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General Information

Title: Rubies and pearls
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque, no. 10
    2nd published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina (ed. Nicholas Yonge) – in English translation, Edition 1, no. 35

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Original text and translations

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Rubies and pearls and treasure, Kingdom's renown and glory,
Please the delightful mind and cheer the sorry.
But much the greater measure of true delight he gaineth
That for the prize of love strives and obtaineth.