The Eagle's force (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2018-11-04)  CPDL #51699:     
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2018-11-04).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
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  • (Posted 2003-10-12)  CPDL #05675:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-12).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 2008.
  • (Posted 2000-06-21)  CPDL #00991:  Network.png
Editor: Laura Conrad (submitted 2000-06-21).   Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 570 kB   Copyright: GnuGPL
Edition notes: Partbook format.

General Information

Title: The Eagle's force
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: Thomas Churchyardcreate page (c.1520-1604) , from A Myrrour for Magistrates (1563)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: AAT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 1
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Original text and translations

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The Eagles force subdues each Bird that flyes:
What mettall may resist the flaming fire?
Doth not the Sunne dazell the clearest eyes?
And melt the yse, and make the frost retire?
Who can withstand a puissant Kings desire?
The stiffest stones are pierced through with tooles:
The wisest are with Princes made but fooles.