Susanna fair whom lying lips (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2017-03-09)  CPDL #43477:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-03-09).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #31879, with minor corrections to the underlay.
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General Information

Title: Susanna fair
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina, Edition 1, no. 20

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Original text and translations

The text is based on Guéroult's poem Susanne un jour.

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Susanna fair whom lying lips defamed,
Before her foes pleaded her blamelessness,
And such sweet grief her innocence proclaimed,
As moved all hearts to pity her distress.

"The Lord," she said, "He knoweth me guiltless,
He is my trust, though never man befriend me.
Yea, through disgrace and death itself attend me,
And if He will, I am content to die;
Yet if He so will, His power can defend me,
And make me safe e'en from my enemy.