I languish to complain me (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-02-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a fourth.

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Title: I languish to complain me
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I
Lyricist:

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598

Description: Source: Madrigals to five voices, selected out of the best approved Italian authors by Thomas Morley, pub. Thomas East, 1598

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Original text and translations

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I languish to complain me with ghastly grief tormented.
I stand amazed to see you discontented.
Better I to hold my peace and covertly to stop my breath,
than cause my sorrows to increase and work my death.