Witness, ye heavens, the palace (John Mundy)

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  • (Posted 2012-02-28)  CPDL #25657:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-02-28).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 24 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Transcribed from the facsimile edition, with the Superius part set for Soprano and Medius for Alto. The underlay is almost completely absent for the lower three parts in the original, so is editorial.

General Information

Title: Witness, ye heavens
Composer: John Mundy

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Songs and Psalmes, no. 21
Description: This is the 2nd part of a 2-part madrigal, the 1st part being The shepherd Strephon

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Original text and translations

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Witness, ye heavens, the palace of the gods;
Witness, ye gods, which hold your seats therein;
Witness hell furies, with revengeful rods;
Witness, fond love, and all that love can win.
Witness the air, fire, water, earth and all,
How I have lived a vassal at thy call.