There, where I saw her lovely beauty painted (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-10)  CPDL #24439:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: There, where I saw her lovely beauty painted
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 24

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Original text and translations

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There, where I saw her lovely beauty painted,
Where, Venus-like, my sacred goddess shineth,
There, with *precellent object mine eyes fainted,
That fair, but fatal star, my dole divineth.
As soon as morning in her light appeareth,
Her sweet salute, my mind o’erclouded, cleareth;
When night again the day’s delight bereaveth,
My heart’s true sacrifice she quick receiveth:
But night and day she craftily forsakes me,
To tedious day, to loathsome night betakes me.

 *precellent: surpassing