Thule, the period of cosmography (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • (Posted 2012-05-10)  CPDL #26143:         
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General Information

Title: Thule, the Period of Cosmography
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1600 in Madrigals to 5 and 6 parts
    2nd published: 1900 in Ausgewählte Madrigale und mehrstimmige Gesänge , Book III, no. 10
Description: 2-part madrigal, 2nd part is The Andalusian merchant

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Original text and translations

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Thule, the period of cosmography,
Doth vaunt of Hecla, whose sulfurious fire
Doth melt the frozen clime and thaw the sky;
Trinacrian Aetna’s flames ascend not higher.
These things seem wondrous, yet more wondrous I,
Whose heart with fear doth freeze, with love doth fry.