My flocks feed not (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-13)  CPDL #37506:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 297 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: My flocks feed not
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 2
Description: First Part

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Original text and translations

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My flocks feed not,
My ewes breed not,
My rams speed not,
all is amiss,
Love is dying,
Faith's defying,
Heart's denying,
causer of this.
All our merry jigs are quite forgot,
All my Lady's love is lost, God wot,
Where our faith was firmly fix'd in love,
There annoy is placed without remove.
Our silly cross
wrought all my loss,
O frowning fortune,
cursed fickle dame,
For now I see inconstancy
More in women than in many men to be.