Sit down and sing (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-12)  CPDL #37498:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 300 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sit down and sing
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. 1

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Original text and translations

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Sit down and sing
Amintas' joys:
his little Lambs rejoice
To see the spring;
each chirping bird records a piping voice.
Sweet be the fruits that nature first doth yield,
Where winter's cold not long before hath kill'd.
Pan with his pipe resounds his roundelays,
And Flora's name adorns with worthy praise,
Each living thing full gladly takes the spring,
Both nymphs and shepherds pleasantly do sing.