When first by force (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-12-10)  CPDL #08712:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-12-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Jan 09.

General Information

Title: When first by force
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 31 (32 in 1610 edition)

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Original text and translations

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When first by force of fatal destenie,
from Carthage towne the Troian knight dyd sayle,
Queene Dido fayre, with wofull weeping eye,
his strange depart did grevously bewaile,
And when no sighes nor teares could ease her smart,
with sword ful sharp, she pearst her tender hart.