Draw on, sweet night (John Wilbye)

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General Information

Title: Draw on, sweet night
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATTB or SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 31

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Original text and translations

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Draw on, Sweet Night, best friend unto those cares
That do arise from painful melancholy.
My life so ill through want of comfort fares,
that unto thee I consecrate it wholly.

Sweet Night, draw on! My griefs when they be told
To shades and darkness find some ease from paining,
And while thou all in silence dost enfold,
I then shall have best time for my complaining.