Come, lovers, follow me (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-16)  CPDL #25167:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-16).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 49 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #14991, transposed down a tone. Minor errors in underlay corrected. Revised files uploaded 30/01/17.
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General Information

Title: Come, lovers, follow me
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 11
  2nd published: 1900 in Ausgewählte Madrigale und mehrstimmige Gesänge , Book I, no. 7

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Original text and translations

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Come, lovers, follow me,
and leave this weeping, follow me,
see where the lovely god sweetly lies asleeping;.
Soft then, softly for fear we wake him,
and to his bow he take him,
O then if he but spy us,
whither shall we then fly us?
And if he come upon us,
Out well away,
then are we woebegone us.
Hence then away, follow me,
away, begone, follow me,
dispatch us,
hence then away
follow me away
begone, dispatch us;
and that apace, for fear he catch us;
and that apace, lest he catch us,
and that apace ere he wake,
for fear he catch us.