If silent, then grief torments me (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-13)  CPDL #62882:     
Editor: Mick Swithinbank (submitted 2021-02-13).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 64 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a fourth.

General Information

Title: If silent, then grief torments me
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I
Lyricist:

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598

Description: Source: Madrigals to five voices, selected out of the best approved Italian authors by Thomas Morley, pub. Thomas East, 1598

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Original text and translations

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If silent, then grief torments me,
if I speak, your patience moveth.
Hating him that loveth, your wrath prevents me.

But when sweet hope appeareth,
my countenance it cheereth
and kneels in humble suit for pity pleading:

that these my lines so pensive,
may no wise seem offensive
but rather work my joy by your sweet reading.