Dear, if you wish (Thomas Bateson)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-12)  CPDL #25739:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-12).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 97 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 29/01/19.

General Information

Title: Dear, if you wish
Composer: Thomas Bateson

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 23

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Original text and translations

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Dear, if you wish my dying,
In vain your wish redounds, in vain your prayer.
For can he die that breathes not vital air?
Then with those eyes that slew me,
New life infusing, renew me;
So shall we both obtain our wishèd pleasure,
You my death joying, and I my life’s sweet treasure.