I was full near my fall (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2014-05-07)  CPDL #31877:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I was full near my fall
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. 54
Description: First part of two, the second being But as the bird.

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Original text and translations

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I was full near my fall and hardly scaped,
Through fond desire that headlong me transported,
And with darts, and with nets I sported
That Love himself for me devised and shaped.

And if my reason but a while had stayed,
To rule my sense misled and unadvised
To my mishap I had no doubt assayed,
What a death is to live by love surprised.