Leave of Hymen (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 1999-06-20)  CPDL #00375:  Network.png
Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 1999-06-20).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Leave of Hymen [Their Marriage Zolemized]
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in A brief discourse, no. 16

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Original text and translations

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Leave of Hymen, and let vs borrow
to bid the Sunne good morrow.
See the Sunne cannot refraine,
but doth rise and give againe,
that which you of Hymen borrow,
and with smiling bidst good morrow
to the Sunne, and to our Brides good-night
to your sweet Beauties,
sweet Beauties touch your side.