Why should I love? (George Kirbye)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-30)  CPDL #25504:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the 1891 edition, edited by G. E. P. Allwright. Revised files uploaded 14/02/18 (appropriately!)
  • (Posted 2011-06-10)  CPDL #23709:         
Editor: Quintus Neuwegler (submitted 2011-06-10).   Score information: A4, 4 pages   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised edition 2013-04-15.

General Information

Title: Why should I love?
Composer: George Kirbye

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in The first set of English madrigalls to 4-6 voyces, no. 14

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Why should I love since she doth prove ungrateful?
Since for reward I reap nought but disdain;
love thus to be requited, it is hateful,
and reason would I should not love in vain.
Yet all in vain, when all is out of season,
for love hath no society with reason.

German.png German translation

Warum sollte ich lieben, da sie undankbar ist?
Denn mein Lohn ist nur, dass sie mich verschmäht.
Liebe so zu vergelten ist abscheulich,
und die Vernunft sagt mir, ich sollte nicht vergeblich lieben.
Doch ist alles vergeblich, kommt es zur Unzeit,
denn Vernunft ist nie der Liebe Begleiter.