Though my carriage be but careless (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2011-10-08)  CPDL #24678:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-10-08).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 16 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #9292.
  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09292:         
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General Information

Title: Though my carriage be but careless
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Ayres or Phantasticke Spirits for Three Voices, no. 9

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Though my carriage be but careless,
though my looks be of the sternest,
yet my passions be compareless,
when I love, I love in earnest.

No, my wits are not so wild
but a gentle soul may yoke me,
nor my heart so hard compiled
but it melts, if love provoke me.

Dutch.png Dutch translation

Al is mijn vege lijf versleten,
en zijn mijn trekken wat verbeten,
toch is mijn hartstocht onbegrensd,
wanneer ik liefheb in alle ernst.

Ach nee, mijn grapjes zijn niet erg gevat
toch brengt een zachte ziel mij in vervoering,
noch is mijn inborst zo gehard
dat 'k niet ontdooi van liefde en ontroering.

French.png French translation

Bien que mon aspect soit négligé
Bien que mes regards soient des plus sévères
Cependant mes passions sont sans égales,
Quand j'aime, j'aime vraiment.

Non, je n'ai pas l'esprit si sauvage
Qu'une douce âme ne me puisse enchaîner
Et mon coeur n'est pas tant bâti en dur
Qu'il ne fonde, quand l'amour me titille.