Say, dear, when will your frowning? (Thomas Weelkes)

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Title: Say, dear, when will your frowning?
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 20
Description: Originally published by Stainer and Bell in 1924.

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Original text and translations

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Say, dear, when will your frowning leave,
Which doth my heart of joy bereave,
To sing and play becomes you better,
Such pleasures makes my heart your debtor,
But when you frown you wound my heart,
And kill my soul, with double smart.