But as the bird (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-07)  CPDL #31878:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: But as the bird
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SAATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina, Edition 1, no. 55
Description: Part 2 of I was full near my fall.

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Original text and translations

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But as the bird that in due time espying
The secret snare and deadly bush enlimed,
Quick to the heav'n doth mount with song and pleasure,
Trains of false looks and faithless words defying,
Mounting the hill so hard for to be climbed,
I sing for joy of liberty the treasure.