The nightingale (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2014-12-15)  CPDL #33712:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: André Vierendeels (submitted 2014-12-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2017-01-18)  CPDL #42697:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Icon_mp3_globe.gif Icon_ly_ext.png Network.png Transposed edition and Part Midis and Mp3s Available
Editor: Monique Rio (submitted 2017-01-18).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 223 kB   Copyright: CC BY 4.0
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  • (Posted 2006-02-28)  CPDL #11136:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-02-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 1999-12-07)  CPDL #00616:  Network.png
Editor: Laura Conrad (submitted 1999-12-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 63 kB   Copyright: GnuGPL
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  • (Posted 2012-01-07)  CPDL #25301:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 25 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #11136, with corrections. Transposed down a major third.
  • (Posted 2003-10-13)  CPDL #05683:         
Editor: Nina Gilbert (submitted 2003-10-13).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: transposed down a 4th.

General Information

Title: The nightingale
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB, STT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Ayres or Phantasticke Spirits for Three Voices, no. 25

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Original text and translations

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The Nightingale, the Organ of delight,
the nimble Lark, the Blackbird, and the Thrush,
and all the pretty quiristers of flight,
that chant their Music notes in ev'ry bush:
Let them no more contend who shall excel,
the Cuckoo is the bird that bears the bell.