O heavens (George Kirbye)

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  • (Posted 2012-02-02)  CPDL #25518:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-02-02).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 33 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the 1891 edition by G. E. P. Arkwright, but transposed up a tone.

General Information

Title: O heavens
Composer: George Kirbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in The first set of English madrigalls to 4-6 voyces, no. 13
Description: 2nd part of a 2-part madrigal, the 1st part being Sorrow consumes me.

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Original text and translations

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O heavens, what shall I do? Alas must I,
Must I myself be murd’rer of myself?
Must I myself be forc’d to ope the way
Whereat my soul in wounds may sally forth?
Hard is my hap, and thus in grief I die.