Ah me! Can every rumour (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-09)  CPDL #24413:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-09).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Modern notation and spelling. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. English modernised. Revised files uploaded 28/01/19.
  • (Posted 2005-11-27)  CPDL #10246:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-11-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 539 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original text.

General Information

Title: Ay mee, Can every rumor
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SSA or SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 3

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Original text and translations

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Ah me! can every rumour
Thus start my lady's humour?
Name ye some gallant to her
Why straight forsooth I woo her.
Then burst she forth in passion:
You men love but for fashion.
Yet sure I am that no man
Ever so loved woman.
Yet, alas, Love, be wary
For women be contrary.