Strange were the life (Thomas Bateson)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-07).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 30/01/19.

General Information

Title: Strange were the life
Composer: Thomas Bateson

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 17


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Original text and translations

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Strange were the life that ev’ry man would like,
More strange the state that should dislike each one;
Rare were the gem that every one would seek,
And little worth that all would let alone.
Sweet were the meat that every one would choose,
And sour the sauce that all men would refuse.