These that be certain signs (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52205:   
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 102 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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General Information

Title: These be that certain signs
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina, Edition 1, no. 47

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Original text and translations

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These that be certain signs of my tormenting,
Sighs be they none, no nor any sigh so showeth
Those have some truce, but these have no relenting.

Not so exhales the heat that in me gloweth,
Fierce Love that burns my heart makes all this venting,
While with his wings the raging fire he bloweth;

Say, Love, with what device thou canst forever
Keep it in flames still, and yet consume it never,