Lady, if you so spite me (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-02-11). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 74 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Reformatting of #31887, with corrections to underlay.
- Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07). Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 94 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Lady, if you so spite me
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I
First published: 1587 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque, no. 20
2nd published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina (ed. Nicholas Yonge) – in English translation, Edition 1, no. 40
Description: The text has some similarity to John Wilbye's Lady your words do spite me.
Original text and translations
Lady, if you so spite me,
wherefore do you so oft kiss and delight me,
sure that my heart oppressed and overjoyed
may break and be destroyed.
If you seek so to spill me,
come kiss me sweet and kill me.
So shall your heart be eased,
and I shall rest content, and die well pleased.