Why sit I here, alas, complaining (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-15)  CPDL #25159:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-15).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 57 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Why sit I here complaining
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 3

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Original text and translations

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Why sit I here, alas, complaining?
With sobs and groanings, my disdaining.
O, this contenteth,
whom grief tormenteth.
Ah, cease this weeping, fool alas,
she does but this to prove thee:
away false comfort, no, thou canst not move me.
You that saw too much mine eyes,
shall dearly buy it:
that made my heart believe I did espy it.
Hence false comfort, in vain thou dost ease me,
comfort in vain, thou seekst to ease me;
away I say then, thou canst not please me.