When Cloris heard (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-30)  CPDL #24304:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: When Cloris heard
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 9

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Original text and translations

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When Cloris heard of her Amyntas dying,
She grieved then for her unkind denying:
Oft sighing sore, and with a heart unfeigned,
I die, I die, I die, she thus complained.
Whom, when Amyntas spied,
Then both for joy outcried,
I love, I love sweet Cloris’ eye,
And I Amyntas till I die.