O fly not, love (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-29)  CPDL #26061:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-29).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #9253. Revised files uploaded 26/01/19.
  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09253:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O fly not, love
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke, p. 68
    2nd published: 1961 in Invitation to madrigals, Volume 1, no. 17
Description: This text (originally used by Thomas Bateson) was set to this music (published, untexted, in Morley's Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke) by Thurston Dart.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O fly not, love, O do not fly me,
Stay awhile, but awhile O stay thee,
My darling sweet, O stay thee.

Hear Corydon complaining
His grief through thy disdaining.
O do not thus unfriendly use me,
Nor yet abuse me,
To kiss me once, but once, and so refuse me.

French.png French text

Amour, ne t'envole pas, ne me fuis point
Reste un temps oui toi reste
Reste un moment ma douce aimée.

Écoute Corydon épancher
Sa douleur due à ton dédain :
O n'en use pas méchamment avec moi,
Ne vas pas jusqu'à ne m'embrasser qu'une fois,
Une seule fois et puis me rejeter.