If in thine heart (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2004-07-12)  CPDL #07578:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-07-12).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 114 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Feb 09.

General Information

Title: If in thine heart
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: AATTTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 44


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Original text and translations

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If in thine heart thou nourish will
and give all to thy lust,
then sorrows sharp and griefs at length
endure of force thou must.

But if that reason rule thy will
and govern all thy mind
a blessed life then shalt thou lead,
a fewest dangers find.