Where are you faire Maides (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • (Posted 2001-06-06)  CPDL #02761:  Network.png
Editors: Greg Lindahl and Bernard Roth (submitted 2001-06-06).   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Text underlay for one voice only (Medius).
  • (Posted 2014-05-14)  CPDL #32007:         
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2014-05-14).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 171 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Quasidiplomatorian, Text underlay of whole lyrics only in medius voice as in the original.

General Information

Title: Where are you faire Maides
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB, with the melody in the Medius (second soprano) part.
Genre: SecularCanon

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Melismata, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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Where are you faire maides,
that have neede our trades?
I'll sell you a rare confection:
Will yee have your faces spread
Either with white or red?
Will yee buy any fair complection?

My drugges are no dregges,
For I have whites of egges,
Made in a rare confection.
Red leather and surflet water,
Scarlet colour or staues-aker,
Will yee buy any fair complection?