O had I wings like to a dove (John Milton the elder)

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  • (Posted 2022-06-12)  CPDL #69667:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-06-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 225 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download. Edition offered at original pitch for SSATT or transposed down a fourth for AATTB.
  • (Posted 2003-11-29)  CPDL #06150:     
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2003-11-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 76 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O had I wings like to a dove
Composer: John Milton the elder
Lyricist: William Leighton

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSAAT, SSATT or AATTB
Genre: SacredMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1614 in The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule, no. 46
Description: A setting of Leighton's version of Psalm 55, vv. 6,7 intended for domestic, not church, use

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Original text and translations

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O had I wings like to a dove,
then should I from these troubles fly,
to wilderness would I remove,
to spend my life, and there to die.