In black mourn I (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-13)  CPDL #37509:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 278 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In black mourn I
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 3
Description: Second Part

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Original text and translations

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In black mourn I,
All fear scorn I,
Love hath forlorn me, living in thrall,
Heart is bleeding,
All help needing,
O cruel speeding, fraught with gall.
My shepherd's pipe will sound no deal,
My wether's bell, rings doleful knell,
My curtal dog, that wont to have play'd,
Plays not at all, but seems afraid,
My sighs so deep,
procure to weep,
With howling noise, to see my doleful plight;
How sighs resound!
through harkless ground,
Like a thousand vanquish'd men in bloody fight.