Sweet love, if thou wilt gain (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-05)  CPDL #24363:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-05).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Since the 2nd Alto part is low - it has exactly the same range as the Tenor - it has been set as 1st Tenor here.

General Information

Title: Sweet love, if thou wilt gain
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 23

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Original text and translations

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Sweet love, if thou wilt gain a monarch’s glory,
Subdue her heart, who makes me glad and sorry,
Out of thy golden quiver,
Take thou the strongest arrow,
That will, thro’ bone and marrow,
And me and thee of grief and fear deliver;
But come behind, for if she look upon thee,
Alas! poor love, then thou art woebegone thee.