Lady, if you so spite me (Alfonso Ferrabosco I)

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  • (Posted 2017-02-11)  CPDL #43064:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-02-11).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #31887, with corrections to underlay.
  • (Posted 2014-05-07)  CPDL #31887:         
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General Information

Title: Lady, if you so spite me
Composer: Alfonso Ferrabosco I

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1587 in Il primo libro de madrigali a cinque, no. 20
    2nd published: 1588 in Musica Transalpina (ed. Nicholas Yonge) – in English translation, Edition 1, no. 40
Description: The text has some similarity to John Wilbye's Lady your words do spite me.

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Original text and translations

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Lady, if you so spite me,
wherefore do you so oft kiss and delight me,
sure that my heart oppressed and overjoyed
may break and be destroyed.

If you seek so to spill me,
come kiss me sweet and kill me.
So shall your heart be eased,
and I shall rest content, and die well pleased.