A feigned friend (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-10-12)  CPDL #05676:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 88 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 08.

General Information

Title: A feigned friend

Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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A fained friend by proofe I finde
to be a greater foe,
Then he that with a spightful minde,
doth seeke my overthrow.
For of the one I can beware,
With craft the other breedes my care.

Such men are like the hidden Rocks,
which in the Seas doe lie:
Against the which each Ship that knocks,
is drowned sodainly.
No greater fraud, nor more unjust,
Then false deceit hid under trust.