Love learns by laughing (Thomas Morley)

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General Information

Title: Love learns by laughing
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: SAT or SST

Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in Canzonets to Three Voices, no. 21

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Original text and translations

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Love learns by laughing first to speak,
by laughing first to speak,
Then slyly gains cares passing great.
Fa la la la la la.

But I will laugh, but I will laugh,
will laugh, but I will laugh without that care,
And bid love touch me if he dare.
Fa la la la la la la.