The sturdy rock, for all his strength (Richard Allison)

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General Information

Title: The surdy rock, for all his strength
Composer: Richard Allison
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in An Howres Recreation in Musicke, no. 15 & 16

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Original text and translations

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The sturdy rock, for all his strength,
By raging seas is rent in twain;
The marble stone is pierc'd at length,
With little drops of drizzling rain:
The ox doth yield unto the yoke,
The steel obeyeth the hammer stroke.

The stately stag, that seems so stout,
By yelping hounds at bay is set;
The swiftest bird that flies about,
Is caught at length in fowler's net:
The greatest fish, in deepest brook,
Is soon deceived with subtle hook.