All is not gold (William Joseph Westbrook)

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  • (Posted 2019-05-11)  CPDL #54214:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-11).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 96 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: All is not gold
Composer: William Joseph Westbrook

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1869 in Novello Part-Song Book (2nd Series), Vol. 2, no. 81
Description: Gained the 2nd prize of £15, offered by the Bristol Madrigal Society, 1865.

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Original text and translations

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All is not gold that shineth bright in show,
Not every flower so good as fair to sight,
The deepest streams above do calmly flow,
And strongest poisons oft the taste delight.
The pleasant bait doth hide the harmful hook,
And false deceit can lend a friendly look.