I have been young (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-09)  CPDL #25311:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-09).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 25 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major 6th. AAB version.
  • (Posted 2003-03-10)  CPDL #05818:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-03-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 110 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 08.

General Information

Title: I have been young
Composer: William Byrd
Source of text: Psalm 37: 25, version from the Book of Common Prayer

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST, or AAB
Genre: SacredPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 7

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Original text and translations

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I have been young, but now am olde, yet did I never see the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging their bread.