See those sweet eyes - Love would discharge (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-11-03)  CPDL #05919:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-11-03).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 108 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Feb 09.

General Information

Title: See those sweet eyes - Love would discharge
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 29 & 34

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Original text and translations

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See those sweet eyes,
those more than sweetest eyes,
eyes whom the starres exceede not in their grace:
See Love at gaze,
Love that faine would devise,
but cannot speake to plead his wondrous case.

Love would discharge,
the dewty of his hart,
in beauties praise, whose greatnes doth denye,
wordes to his thoughts,
& thoughts to her desart,
which high conceyts since nothing can supply.

Love heere constraynd,
through conquest to confesse,
byds silence sighe,
that tongue cannot expresse.