As thy shadow itself apply'th (Thomas Whythorne)

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  • (Posted 2021-02-10)  CPDL #62803:   
Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2021-02-10).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction

General Information

Title: As thy shadow itself apply'th
Composer: Thomas Whythorne
Lyricist: Thomas Whythorne

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularConsort song

Language: English
Instruments: Unknown

First published: 1571
Description: This is the song upon which E.J.Moeran based his orchestral piece, evocatively titled 'Whythorne's Shadow'. The lower 4 voices, although originally underlaid with text, might also be rendered instrumentally.

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Original text and translations

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As thy shadow itself apply’th
To follow thee whereso thou go,
And when thou bends, itself it wry’th,
Turning, as thou, both to and fro;
The flatterer doth even so
And shapes himself the same to gloze,
With many a fawning and gay show,
Whom he would frame for his purpose.