If silent, then grief torments me (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)
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Title: If silent, then grief torments me
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I
First published: 1598
Description: Source: Madrigals to five voices, selected out of the best approved Italian authors by Thomas Morley, pub. Thomas East, 1598
Original text and translations
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.