Beauty is a lovely sweet (Thomas Bateson)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-04)  CPDL #25690:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-04).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Because the alto part is very low in places, it has been set in the octave-below-treble clef. Revised files uploaded 3/3/18.

General Information

Title: Beauty is a lovely sweet
Composer: Thomas Bateson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 1

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Original text and translations

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Beauty is a lovely sweet,
Where pure white and crimson meet.
Join’d with favour of the face,
Chiefest flow’r of female race.
But if virtue might be seen,
It would more delight the eyne.