While that the Sun (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-05-10)  CPDL #06984:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-05-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 226 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2021 (editorial, formatting).

General Information

Title: While that the Sun
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 23

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Whyle that the Sunne with his beames hot,
scorched the fruits in vale & mountaine:
Philon the shepherd late forgot,
sitting besides a Christall fountaine,
in shadow of a greene Oke tree,
uppon his pipe this song plaid hee:
untrue love, untrue love, untrue love,
adew love, adew love,
your minde is light, soone lost for new love.

So long as I was in your sight,
I was as your hart, your soule, your treasure,
And evermore you sob’d and sigh’d,
Burning in flames beyond all measure,
Three dayes endur’d your Love to mee,
And it was lost in other three.
Adew love adew love, untrue love,
Untrue love untrue love adew love,
Your minde is light, soone lost for new love.

Another shepherd you did see,
To whome your hart was soone enchayned,
Full soone your love was leapt from mee,
Full soone my place he had obtained,
Soone came a third your love to winne,
And wee were out and he was in.
Adew love, &c.

Sure you have made me passing glad,
That you your mind so soone removed,
Before that I the leasure had,
To chuse you for my best beloved.
For all my love was past and doonne,
Two daies before it was begoonne.
Adew Love &c.

Anonymous adaption of Tandis que le soleil, set in Guillaume Tessier, Premier livre d'airs (1582).