Thou art but young, thou say'st (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-08)  CPDL #24393:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-08).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Thou art but young, thou say'st
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 29
    2nd published: 1900 in Ausgewählte Madrigale und mehrstimmige Gesänge , Book III, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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Thou art but young, thou say’st,
And love’s delight thou weigh’st not.
Oh! take time while thou may’st,
Lest, when thou would’st, thou may’st not.
If love shall then assail thee,
A double, double anguish will torment thee.
And thou wilt wish, but wishes all will fail thee.
Oh! me that I were young again! And so repent thee.