Constant Penelope (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2007-09-09)  CPDL #14875:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-09).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2004-07-15)  CPDL #07659:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-07-15).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 135 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2021 (formatting, accidentals).

General Information

Title: Constant Penelope
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1588 in Psalmes, Sonnets and Songs, no. 23

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Original text and translations

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Constant Penelope, sends to thee carelesse Ulisses,
write not againe, but come sweet mate thy selfe to revive mee.
Troy wee doe much envie, wee desolate lost Ladies of Greece:
Not Priamus, nor yet all Troy can us recompence make.
Oh, that hee had when hee first tooke shipping to Lacedemon,
that adulter I meane, had beene o’rewhelmed with waters:
Then had I not lien now all alone, thus quivering for cold,
nor used this complaint, nor have thought the day to bee so long.
Ovid, Heroides I, tr. ?Thomas Watson (c.1557-1592)