Susanna fair some time of love (Giles Farnaby)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-03)  CPDL #24083:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-03).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 136 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: A reformatting of #14903, transposed down a minor 3rd. At the original key, the work is really SSTB and, even transposed, is high for alto, the range going higher than the soprano. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. revised files uploaded 03/02/19.
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General Information

Title: Susanna fair
Composer: Giles Farnaby

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, or SSTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Canzonets to Four Voices, no. 12

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Original text and translations

The text is based on Guéroult's poem Susanne un jour.

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Susanna fair some time of love requested,
by suitors false, whom her sweet looks allur'd,
was in her heart full sad and sore molested,
feeling such force of bitterness endur'd,
to them she said: If I by craft procur'd
do yield to your request with grief and sighing,
I lose my soul, yet hap your plaint denying,
you will me judge to death reproachfully,
but rather would I keep innocence,
e'en dying, than live in fault,
to offend my God on high.