Of joys and pleasing pains (John Wilbye)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-07). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 58 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: This version set for SSAATB, but in original key.
Title: Of joys and pleasing pains
Composer: John Wilbye
Description: 1st part of a two-part madrigal, the 2nd part being My throat is sore. Original is SSSATB.
Original text and translations
Of joys and pleasing pains I late went singing,
O joys with pains! O pains with joys consenting!
And little thought as then of now repenting;
But now think of my then sweet bitter stinging,
All day long I my hands, alas! go wringing,
The baleful notes of which, my sad tormenting,
Are ruth and moan, frights, sobs, and loud lamenting,
From hills and dales, in my dull ears still ringing.