Alas, for lak of her presens (Robert Fayrfax)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-10)  CPDL #62336:     
Editor: Humphrey Thompson (submitted 2021-01-10).   Score information: A3, 3 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition prepared for the Fayrfax 2021 Quincentenary, generously supported by the Mercers' Company. Recorded by Ensemble Pro Victoria in March 2021 on the Delphian Label.

General Information

Title: Alas, for lack of her presens
Composer: Robert Fayrfax

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Alas for lak ofher presens,
Whom I serve and shall as long,
Tyll deth my lyff departe from hens!
Absens it is that wolde me wrong;
And thus is the tyme ofhis song;
To gett mystrust is his entent
To send to her to make me shent.*
[*shent: confounded]