O sweet kiss, full of comfort (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-02-20).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #31885, with minor changes to underlay.
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: O sweet kiss, full of comfort
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina, Edition 1, no. 36

Description: From Musica Transalpina.

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Original text and translations

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O sweet kiss, full of comfort,
O joy to me envied
So often sought, so oft to me denied.

For thee my life is wasted,
Yet thee I never tasted,
O lips so false and wily
that me to kiss provoked,
and shrunk so slyly.

O looks empois'ned
O face, well may I fear thee
that kill'st who thee beholds
and comes not near thee,
I die a death most painful,
Killed with unkindness,
Farewell sweet lips disdainful.

Killed with unkindness, I die,
Farewell sweet lips disdainful.