Who loves a life (John Mundy)

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  • (Posted 2012-03-03)  CPDL #25682:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Transcribed from the facsimile edition, with the Superius and Medius parts set for Soprano, and Contratenor for Alto.

General Information

Title: Who loves a life
Composer: John Mundy

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Songs and Psalmes, no. 30

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Original text and translations

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Who loves a life devoid of quiet rest,
And seeks content in dens of cruel care;
Who most triumphs, when most he is opprest,
And weens him free, when fast he is in snare;
Who in the sweet doth find the sourest tast,
His life is love, his food is vain repast.