The match that's made (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2008-08-21)  CPDL #17956:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-08-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The match that's made
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 26

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Original text and translations

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The match that's made for just and true respects,
with evennesse both of yeers, & parentage,
of force must bring forth many good effects.
Pari jugo dulcis tractus.

For where chast love and liking sets the plant,
And concord waters with a firme good will,
Of no good thing ther can be any want.
Pari jugo dulcis tractus.

Sound is the knot that chastitie hath tyde,
Sweet is the Musicke unity doth make,
Sure is the store that plentie doth provide.
Pari jugo dulcis tractus.

Where chastnesse fayles, ther concord wil decay,
Wher concord fleets, ther plentie will decrease,
Wher plentie wants, ther love will weare away.
Pari jugo dulcis tractus.

I chastity restraine all strange desires,
I Concord keep the course of sound consent,
I Plentie spare, and spend as cause requires.
Pari jugo dulcis tractus.

Make much of us, all yee that married bee,
Speake well of us, all ye that minde to bee,
The time may come, to want and wish all three.
Pari jugo dulcis tractus.