When shall my wretched life (John Wilbye)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-06). Score information: A4, 5 pages, 46 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: This version is set as SSATTB, since the original Alto has a lower range than the Tenor.
Title: When shall my wretched life
Composer: John Wilbye
Description: Original version is SSSATB.
Original text and translations
When shall my wretched life give place to death?
That my sad cares may be enforc’d to leave me.
Come, saddest shadow, stop my vital breath,
For I am thine, then let not care bereave thee
Of thy sad thrall but, with thy fatal dart,
Kill care and me, while care lies at my heart.