Despiteful thus unto myself, I languish (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-17)  CPDL #24492:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-17).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 77 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Despiteful thus unto myself, I languish
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 29
Description: 2nd part of a 2-part madrigal; the 1st part is Where most my thoughts

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Original text and translations

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Despiteful thus unto myself, I languish,
And in disdain, myself from joy I banish,
These secret thoughts enwrap me so in anguish,
That life, I hope. will soon from body vanish;
And to some rest will quickly be conveyed,
That on no joy, while so I liv’d, hath stayed.