A painted tale (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2017-02-22)  CPDL #43248:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-02-22).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 35 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #16194. Musica ficta are editorial.
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General Information

Title: A Painted Tale

Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: T
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1600 in First Book of Ayres, no. 1

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Original text and translations

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A painted tale by poets’ skill devised,
Where words well plac’d great store of love profess’d,
In Love’s attire can never mask disguis’d;
For looks and sighs true love can best express.
And he whose words his passions right can tell
Doth more in words than in true love excel.