Retire, my troubled soul (John Ward)

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  • (Posted 2023-05-19)  CPDL #73816:        
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2023-05-19).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 87 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Minor edit to CPDL #34004 from SSATBB to SSATTB.
  • (Posted 2015-01-01)  CPDL #34004:        (Sibelius 7)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2015-01-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Retire, my troubled soul.
Composer: John Ward

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATBB or SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1613
Description: Originally published by Stainer and Bell in 1922.

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Original text and translations

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Retire my troubled soul,
Rest, and behold thy days of dolour dangers manifold
See, life is but a dream,
Whose best contenting,
Begun with hope,
Pursued with doubt,
Enjoyed with fear,
Ends in repenting.