Sweet Gemma (Thomas Bateson)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-06).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 30/01/19.

General Information

Title: Sweet Gemma
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. 15

Description: 1st part of a 2-part madrigal, the 2nd part being Yet stay alway.

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Original text and translations

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Sweet Gemma, when I first beheld thy beauty,
I vow’d thee service, honour, love and duty;
O then, O then, I said the best
Is hither come to make me blest;
But thou, alas! sweet thou
Dost not regard my vow!
Go, go, let me not see
Cruel, though fairest thee.