The greedy Hawk (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-04-19)  CPDL #04767:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-04-19).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 110 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised May 2008.

General Information

Title: The greedy Hawk
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 14

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Original text and translations

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The greedy hawk with sudden sight of lure
Doth stoop in hope to have her wished prey;
So many men do stoop to sights unsure,
And courteous speech doth keep them at the bay:
Let them beware lest friendly looks be like
The lure whereat the soaring hawk did strike.