Happy, Oh happy he (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-17)  CPDL #24179:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-17).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #6881, with identified errors corrected, and some minor changes to barring and punctuation. Transposed down a major 2nd. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2004-03-31)  CPDL #06881:         
Editor: Ken Williams (submitted 2004-03-31).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Happy, O happy he
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 16

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Original text and translations

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Happy, O happy he, who not affecting
The endless toils attending worldly cares,
With mind repos'd, all discontents rejecting,
In silent peace his way to heav'n prepares;
Deeming his life a Scene, the world a Stage,
Whereon man acts his weary Pilgrimage.