Susanna fayre sometime of love (5 voices) (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)
- Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-22). Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 100 kB Copyright: CC BY NC
- Edition notes:
Title: Susanna fayre sometime of love (5 voices)
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SATBarB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina (Yonge press, London)
Manuscript c.1560-1590 in British Library Add. MS 30480-30484 (Hamond Partbooks), no. 48
Description: See also the 6 voice piece also in Musica Transalpina.
Original text and translations
Susanna fayre sometime of love requested
by two olde men whom hir sweet looks allur'd,
was in hir hart full sad and sore molested,
seeing the force hir chastity endured,
to them she sayd: if I by craft procur'd,
doe yeeld to you my body to abuse it,
I kill my soule, and if I doe refuse it,
you will me judge to death reprochfully,
but better it is in innocence to chuse it
then by my fault, t'offend my God on hye.
Original text and translations may be found at Susanna fair.