O that the learned poets (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-28)  CPDL #47059:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-10-28).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A capella version of #20820.
  • (Posted 2014-05-07)  CPDL #31854:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 90 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2010-01-13)  CPDL #20820:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-13).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Revised files uploaded 28/10/17.
  • (Posted 2005-11-26)  CPDL #10239:  Network.png
Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-26).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 75 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 by V. M. Brennan.

General Information

Title: O, that the learned poets
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1612 in The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, no. 2

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Original text and translations

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O, that the learned poets of this time
who in a lovesick line so well can speak,
would not consume good wit in hateful rhyme,
but with deep care some better subject find.
For if their music please in earthly things,
how would it sound if strung with heav'nly strings?