Love not me for comely grace (John Wilbye)

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Editor: Christopher Downard (submitted 2022-07-29).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2011-08-31)  CPDL #24318:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 29/01/22

General Information

Title: Love not me for comely grace
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 12

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Original text and translations

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Love not me for comely grace,
For my pleasing eye or face,
Nor for any outward part,
No, nor for my constant heart,
For these may fail, or turn to ill.
So thou and I must sever.
Keep therefore a true woman’s eye,
And love me still, but know not why,
So hast thou the same reason still
To doat upon me ever.