I follow, lo, the footing (Thomas Morley)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-05).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #15052, with corrections, including major realignment of the Cantus underlay between bars 3 and 72. In most cases, the realignment needed is obvious; Bars 70-72 are putative. In addition, the rather exotic rhythm in bar 72 has been simplified. Transposed down a tone.
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: PDF file created and uploaded to CPDL server 2008-10-09. NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
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General Information

Title: I follow, lo, the footing
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Canzonets or Litle Short Aers to Five and Six Voices, no. 17


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Original text and translations

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I follow, lo! the footing still of my lovely cruel:
Proud of herself, that she is beauty's jewel:
And fast away she flieth, love's sweet delight deriding,
In woods and groves sweet, sweet nature's treasure hiding.
Yet cease I not pursuing; but since I thus have sought her,
Will run me out of breath, till I have caught her.