To the shady woods (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-25)  CPDL #47692:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-25).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2012-01-15)  CPDL #25385:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 22/02/18.
  • (Posted 2009-04-17)  CPDL #19286:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2009-04-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: To the shady woods
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1622 in Songs of 3-6 parts, no. 13

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

To the shady woods now wend we,
and there the midday spend we.
Fa la la.
There Phoebus' self is colder
and we may be the bolder.
Fa la la.

German.png German translation

Den schattigen Wäldern wenden wir uns nun zu
und verbringen dort die Mittagszeit.
Dort ist Phöbus [die Sonne] kälter,
und wir können umso kecker sein.