Her golden tresses (David Protheroe)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-26)  CPDL #62509:       
Editor: David Protheroe (submitted 2021-01-26).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 388 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: The PDF file includes keyboard accompaniment for rehearsing

General Information

Title: Her golden tresses
Composer: David Protheroe
Lyricist: Edmund Spenser

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB + Baritone solo
Genre: SecularAnthem

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 2021
Description: Sonnet 37 from Amoretti by Elizabethan poet Edmund Spenser, set for unaccompanied choir.

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Original text and translations

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What guile is this, that those her golden tresses
she doth attire under a net of gold:
and with sly skill so cunningly them dresses,
that which is gold or heare may scarse be told?

Is it that mens frail eyes, which gaze too bold,
she may entangle in that golden snare;
and being caught may craftily enfold
theyr weaker harts, which are not well aware?

Take heed therefore, myne eyes, how ye do stare
henceforth too rashly on that guileful net,
in which if ever ye entrapped are,

out of her bands ye by no means shall get.
Fondness it were for any being free,
to covet fetters, though they golden be!