Come woeful Orpheus (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2017-06-30)  CPDL #45213:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-06-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In modern English.
  • (Posted 2003-10-14)  CPDL #05685:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 113 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Nov 08.

General Information

Title: Come woeful Orpheus
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 19

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Original text and translations

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Come wofull Orpheus with thy charming Lyre
And tune my voyce unto thy skilfull wyre,
Some strange Cromatique Notes doe you devise
That best with mournefull accents sympathize,
Of sowrest Sharps and uncouth Flats make choise,
And Ile thereto compassionate my voyce.