Why dost thou shoot? (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-08)  CPDL #24399:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-08).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This version is SSATTB, in the original key. Revised files uploaded 16/2/21.

General Information

Title: Why dost thou shoot?
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 30
Description: Original is set for SSSATB, but the Alto and Tenor have exactly the same range, rather low for the Alto.

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Original text and translations

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Why dost thou shoot, and I seek not to shield me?
I yield, (sweet love) spare then my wounded liver,
And do not make my heart thy arrow’s quiver.
O hold! What needs this shooting, when I yield me?