So light is love (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-26)  CPDL #24255:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-26).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a major second from original. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: So light is love
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 4

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Original text and translations

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So light is love, in matchless beauty shining,
When she revisits Cypris' hallow'd bowers,
Two feeble doves, harness'd in silken twining,
Can draw her chariot 'midst the Paphian flowers.
Lightness to love, how ill it fitteth,
So heavy on my heart, O! on my heart he sitteth.