Browning Madame (Thomas Ravenscroft)
- Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-03-22). Score information: A4, 2 pages, 103 kB Copyright: Personal
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- Editor: Gordon J. Callon (submitted 1999-03-15). Score information: Letter, 1 page, 40 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes:
Title: Browning Madame
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft
First published: 1609 in Deuteromelia, no. 9
Description: The ground, stated as bars 1-8, is Browning, a popular song of the 1590s which was popular with composers as the basis for instrumental variations; notably by Elway Bevin (3 parts) and William Byrd (5 parts). For another catch with the same idea see Here is an old ground (John Hilton the younger).
Original text and translations
Browning Madame, so merrily we sing.
The fairest flow'r in the garden green
Is in my love's breast full comely seen;
And with all the others compare she can,
Therefore now let us sing Browning Madame.