Come, Shepherd swains (John Wilbye)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-10-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 118 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Come, Shepherd swains
Composer: John Wilbye
Lyricist:
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:
  2nd published: 1853 Novello's Glee Hive no.79
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Original text and translations

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Come, shepherd swains that wont to hear me sing,
Dead is my love, my hope, my joy, my spring,
Oh! she that was your summer's Queen, your day's delight
Is gone, and will no more be seen, Oh! cruel spite
Break all your pipes that wont to sound, with pleasure clear,
And cast yourselves u[on the ground, to wail my dear.
Come shepherd swains, come nymphs, and all around, to help me cry,
Dead is my love, and seeing she is so, lo! now I die.