In crystal towers (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2008-10-15)  CPDL #18156:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-10-15).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 95 kB    Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: In Crystal Towers
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: Geoffrey Whitney (c.1548 - c.1601) , from A Choice of Emblemes (1586)

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 8

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Original text and translations

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In Christall Towres, and turrets richly set,
With glittring gems, that shine against the Sunne,
In regall roomes of Jasper and of Jet,
Content of minde not alwayes likes to woon:
But oftentimes it pleaseth her to stay,
In simple cotes enclosde with wals of clay.