Ah sweet, alas! when first I saw (George Kirbye)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-30)  CPDL #25503:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on the 1891 edition by G. E. P. Arkwright. { Revised files uploaded 19/06/19.

General Information

Title: Ah sweet, alas! when first I saw
Composer: George Kirbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in The first set of English madrigalls to 4-6 voyces, no. 7

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Original text and translations

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Ah sweet, alas! when first I saw those eyes,
Those eyes so rich with crystal majesty,
Their wounding beauty ‘gan to tyrannise
And made mine eyes bleed tears full piteously:
I felt the wound, yet fear’d I not the deed,
Till ah! I found my tears did inward bleed.