Ah silly Soul (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2006-06-19)  CPDL #11920:  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif  File details.gif 
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2006-06-19).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 96 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Nov 08.

General Information

Title: Ah silly Soul
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: A
Genre: SecularConsort song

Language: English
Instruments: 2 treble, 2 tenor & bass viols

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 31

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Original text and translations

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Ah silly Soule, how are thy thoughts confounded
betwixt two loves, that far unlikely are?
Lustes love is blinde, and by no reason bounded.
Heavens love is cleere, and faire beyond compare.
No wonder, though this love light not thy minde,
whilst looking through false love thine eyes are blinde.