Retire my soul (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-12-06)  CPDL #08690:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-12-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 98 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Nov 08.

General Information

Title: Retire my soul
Composer: William Byrd
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 17

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Original text and translations

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Retire my soule, consider thine estate,
And justly summe thy lavish sinnes account.
Times deare expence, and costly pleasures rate,
How follyes grow, how vanities amount.
Write all these down downe, in pale Deathes reckoning tables,
Thy dayes will seeme but dreames, thy hopes but fables.