I saw my lady weeping (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-22)  CPDL #52208:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 143 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2014-05-07)  CPDL #31880:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: I saw my lady weeping
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina, Edition 1, no. 23
Description: Part one of two, the second being Like as from heaven.

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Original text and translations

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I saw my lady weeping, and Love did languish
And of their plaint ensued so rare consenting:
That never yet was heard more sweet lamenting,
Made all of tender pity and mournful anguish.

The floods forsaking their delightful swelling,
Stayed to attend their plaint, the winds enraged,
Still and content to quiet calm assuaged
Their wonted storming and every blast rebelling.