Cynthia, thy song (Giovanni Croce)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-09-06).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 157 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Cynthia, thy song
Composer: Giovanni Croce
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.14

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Original text and translations

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Cynthia, thy song and chanting,
So strange a flame in gentle hearts awaketh,
That every cold desire wanton love maketh,
Sounds to thy praise and vaunting,
Of syrens most commended,
That with delightful tunes for praise contended;
For when thou sweetly soundest,
Thou neither kill'st nor woundest,
But dost revive a number
Of bodies buried in perpetual slumber.