Unkind, O stay thy flying (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-26)  CPDL #24611:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-26).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09306:         
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General Information

Title: Unkind, O stay thy flying
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 20

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Original text and translations

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Unkind, O, stay thy flying!
And if I needs must die, pity me dying.
But in thee, my heart is lying
And no death can assail me,
Alas! till life doth fail thee,
Oh therefore, if the fates bid thee be fleeting,
Stay for me, whose poor heart thou hast in keeping.