Love took his bow and arrow (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-19)  CPDL #25184:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 34 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #15009, with minor corrections.
  • (Posted 2007-09-11)  CPDL #15009:         
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General Information

Title: Love took his bow and arrow
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Canzonets or Litle Short Aers to Five and Six Voices, no. 5

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Original text and translations

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Love took his bow and arrow
And slew his mother's sparrow.
I know not how it chanced,
Perhaps his arrow glanced.
Away the wag him hied.
Lord! how am I apayed?
My bird is dead
and now my boy is strayed.