Sweet birdes deprive us never (John Bartlet)

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Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-11-12).   Score information: Letter, 20 pages, 447 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Sweet Birdes Deprive Us Never
Composer: John Bartlet

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: Soprano-Bass duo
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

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Original text and translations

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Surchargd with discontent,
To Siluanes boure I went,
To ease my heuy grief oppressed hart,
And trie what comfort winged creatures,
Coulde yeelde vnto my inwarde troubled smarte
By modulating their delightfull measures.
To my eares pleasing euer,
Of straines so sweet, sweet birdes depriue vs neuer.

The thrush did pipe full cleare,
And eke with very mery chere
The Lenit lifted vppe her pleasant voice
The Goldfinch chirpid and the Pie did chatter,
The blckbird whistled and bedde mee reioyce
The stockdoue mormerd with a solemne flat,
The little daw ka ka ka ka he cride
The hic-quaile he beside
Tickled his part, in a partie coloured coate
The Iay did blow his how boy gallantly
The wren did treble many a prety note
The woodpecker did hammer melowdie.
The kite tiw whiw full of
Cride soring, vp aloft
And downe againe returned presently
To whom the heralde of Cornutoes all
Sung coockoo euer, whilst poor Margery
Cride who did ring nights larum bell, with all
All did do well O might I heare them euer
Of straines so sweet, sweet birdes depriue vs neuer.