Who looks may leap (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-07-07)  CPDL #05315:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-07-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 94 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 08.

General Information

Title: Who looks may leap
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: Geoffrey Whitney (c.1548 - c.1601) , from A Choice of Emblemes (1586)

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: AAT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 5

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Original text and translations

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Who lookes may leape and save his shins from knocks,
Who tries may trust, else flattring friends shall find,
He saves the Steed, that keepes him under locks,
Who speaks with heed may boldly speake his mind,
But he whose tongue before his wit doth runne,
Often speakes too soone, and grieves when he hath done.