Whoso list to hunt (Paolo Zoccarato)

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  • (Posted 2020-08-11)  CPDL #60118:     
Editor: Paolo Zoccarato (submitted 2020-08-11).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 397 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright is owned by the composer. This score can be copied and performed, but not published or used for profit purposes. This madrigal is part of a published collection entitled "Thomas Wyatt and Anne Boleyn".

General Information

Title: Whoso List to Hunt
Composer: Paolo Zoccarato
Lyricist: Thomas Wyattcreate page

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2020
Description: Madrigal in polytonal style. It is part of a collection of three madrigals entitled "Thomas Wyatt and Anne Boleyn", available on Amazon site.

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Original text and translations

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Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind,
but as for me, hélas, I may no more.
The vain travail hath wearied me so sore,
I am of them that farthest cometh behind.
Yet may I by no means my wearied mind
Draw from the deer, but as she fleeth afore
Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore,
Sithens in a net I seek to hold the wind.
Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt,
As well as I may spend his time in vain.
And graven with diamonds in letters plain
There is written, her fair neck round about:
"Noli me tangere, for Caesar's I am,
And wild for to hold, though I seem tame".