O fly not love (Thomas Bateson)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major third from the original key and set for AATTB. Revised files uploaded 26/01/19.
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 82 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key, for SSATB. Revised files uploaded 26/01/19.

General Information

Title: O fly not love
Composer: Thomas Bateson

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicings: SSATB or AATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 19


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Original text and translations

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O fly not love, O fly not me!
Stay but awhile, O stay thee:
And hear a wretch complaining
His grief through thy disdaining.
O! do not thus unfriendly use me,
To kiss me once and so refuse me.