All is not gold (William Joseph Westbrook)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-15)  CPDL #78272:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-15).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 442 kB   Copyright: Personal
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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: SecularPartsongMadrigal

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.

England’s Helicon (1611)