The Servant of His Mistris (John Bennet)

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  • (Posted 1999-07-02)  CPDL #00027:      Icon_zip_globe.gif (MusiXTex)
Editor: Christian Mondrup (submitted 1999-07-02).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 66 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: midi file created by Robert Losin

General Information

Title: The Servant of His Mistris
Composer: John Bennet

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Ad lib.

First published: 1614 in A brief discourse, no. 14

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Original text and translations

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My Mistris is as faire as fine,
milk-white fingers, Cherry nose,
like twinkling day-starres looks her eyne,
lightning all things where she goes,
Faire as Phœebe though not so sickle:
smooth as glasse though not so brickle.

My heart is like a Ball of Snowe,
melting at her luke-warme sight:
Her fiery Lips like Night-worms glowe
shining cleere as Candle-light.
Neat she is, no Feather lighter:
Bright she is, no Dazie whiter.