O wretched man! why lov'st thou earthly life (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-13)  CPDL #24464:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-13).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third.

General Information

Title: O wretched man! why lov'st thou earthly life
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 27

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Original text and translations

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O wretched man! Why lov’st thou earthly life?
Which nought enjoys but cares and endless trouble;
What pleasure here, but breeds a world of grief?
What hour’s ease, that anguish doth not double;
No earthly joys, but have their discontents;
Then loathe that life, which causeth such laments.