Our country swains (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2015-11-18)  CPDL #37573:          (Finale 2014)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2015-11-18).   Score information: Letter, 4 pages, 282 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Our country swains
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSSA
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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Our country swains in the morris dance,
Thus woo and win their brides:
Will for our town, for Kate the next prance;
The hobby horse, at pleasure, the frolic rides.
I woo with tears, and ne'er the near.
I die in grief, and live in fear.