Cease sorrows now (Thomas Weelkes)

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General Information

Title: Cease sorrows now
Composer: Thomas Weelkes
Lyricist: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SAT or ATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 6

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Original text and translations

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Cease, sorrows, now, for you have done the deed.
Lo, care hath now consum'd my carcase quite.
No hope is left, nor help can stand instead,
For doleful death doth cut off pleasure quite.
Yet, whilst I hear the knolling of the bell
Before I die, I'll sing my faint farewell.