Thyrsis, sleepest thou? (John Bennet)

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  • (Posted 2011-07-24)  CPDL #23973:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-07-24).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 61 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A reformatting of #7023. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2004-05-20)  CPDL #07023:  Network.png
Editor: Ted Dean (submitted 2004-05-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Revised 2008-01-19, correcting errors reported on 2008-01-18 on talk page.

General Information

Title: Thyrsis, sleepest thou?
Composer: John Bennet

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB

Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1599 in Madrigals for Four Voices, no. 8

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Original text and translations

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Thyrsis, sleepest thou? Let no sorrow slay us:
Hold up thy head man, said the gentle Meliboeus,
See summer comes again, the country’s pride adorning.
Hark, how the cuckoo singeth this fair April morning.
O said the shepherd, and sighed as one all undone,
Let me alone alas, and drive him back to London.