I thought that Love had been a boy (William Byrd)

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Editor: David Fraser (added 2002-12-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 76 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I thought that Love had been a boy
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv  Voicing: SAATB
Genre: Sacred, Anthems
Language: English
Instruments: none, a cappella (or 4 viols)
Published: Songs of Sundrie Natures (1589), no. 32


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Original text and translations

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I thought that love had been a boy,
with blinded eyes,
or else some other wanton toy,
that men devise,
like tales of faires often told,
by doting age that dies for cold.