Love would discharge the duty (Thomas Bateson)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-05)  CPDL #25697:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. The range of the Soprano II part would be suitable for Alto as well. Revised files uploaded 29/01/19.

General Information

Title: Love would discharge the duty
Composer: Thomas Bateson

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SST or SAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 2

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Original text and translations

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Love would discharge the duty of his heart
In beauty’s praise, whose greatness doth deny
Words to his thoughts, and thoughts to his desert;
Which high conceits since nothing can supply,
Love here constrain’d through conquest to confess,
Bids silence sigh, that tongue cannot express.