Say gentle nymphs that tread (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2012-05-06)  CPDL #26112:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #9256, with minor adjustments to underlay. Transposed down a minor 3rd.
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Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-12-06).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 56 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09256:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 32 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Say, gentle nymphs that tread
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 20

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Original text and translations

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Say, gentle nymphs that tread these mountains,
Whilst sweetly you sit playing,
Saw you my Daphne straying
Along your crystal fountains?
If so you chance to meet her,
Kiss her and kindly greet her.
Then these sweet garlands take her,
And say from me, I never will forsake her.