Susanna fayre sometime of love (5 voices) (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52206:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: Susanna fayre sometime of love (5 voices)
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina (Yonge press, London)
    Manuscript c.1560-1590 in British Library Add. MS 30480-30484 (Hamond Partbooks), no. 48
Description: See also the 6 voice piece also in Musica Transalpina.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Susanna fayre sometime of love requested
by two olde men whom hir sweet looks allur'd,
was in hir hart full sad and sore molested,
seeing the force hir chastity endured,
to them she sayd: if I by craft procur'd,
doe yeeld to you my body to abuse it,
I kill my soule, and if I doe refuse it,
you will me judge to death reprochfully,
but better it is in innocence to chuse it
then by my fault, t'offend my God on hye.

Original text and translations may be found at Susanna fair.