Come gentle swains (Michael Cavendish)

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  • (Posted 2010-01-07)  CPDL #20793:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-07).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 70 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 30/01/17.
  • (Posted 2006-01-04)  CPDL #10577:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-01-04).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Come Gentle Swains
Composer: Michael Cavendish

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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Come, gentle swains, and shepherds' dainty daughters,
Adorn'd with courtesy and comely duties,
Come sing and joy and grace with lovely laughters,
The birthday of the beautiest of beauties.

Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana!