How vain the toils (William Byrd)
- Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-09-26). Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 56 kB Copyright: CC BY NC
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- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-11-17). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 95 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: How vain the toils
Composer: William Byrd
Original text and translations
How vaine the toyles that mortall men doe take
to hoord up gold that time doth turne to drosse,
forgetting him who onely for their sake,
his precious bloud did shed upon the Crosse.
And taught us all in heaven to hoord our treasure,
where true encrease doth grow above all measure.