Ah! cruel Amarillis (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-26)  CPDL #24252:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-26).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 117 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Revised files uploaded 30/01/22.

General Information

Title: Ah! cruel Amarillis
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 3

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Ah! cruel Amarillis, since thou tak’st delight
To hear the accents of a doleful ditty,
To triumph still without remorse or pity;
I loathe this life,death must my sorrow right;

And lest vain hope my miseries renew,
Come quickly,death,
‘Reave me of breath,
Ah! cruel Amarillis, adieu.

French.png French text

Ah! cruelle Amaryllis, puisque tu prends plaisir
À entendre les accents d'une triste chanson,
Et à triompher sans remords ni pitié ;
J'abhorre cette vie, la mort doit donner raison à mon chagrin.

Et pour que de vains espoirs ne fassent renaître mes misères,
Mort, viens vite,
Prive-moi de mon souffle,
Ah! cruelle Amaryllis, adieu.