What needeth all this travail (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-10-01)  CPDL #24642:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-10-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2009-01-31)  CPDL #18807:   
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2009-01-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 145 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Includes the 2nd part, O fools! can you not see.

General Information

Title: What needeth all this travail?
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 7
    2nd published: 1900 in Ausgewählte Madrigale und mehrstimmige Gesänge , Book III, no. 12
Description:  1st part of a two-part madrigal, the 2nd part being O fools! can you not see.

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Original text and translations

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What needeth all this travail and turmoiling
Shortening the life's pleasure
To seek this far-fetched treasure
In those hot climates under Phoebus broiling?