I thought that Love had been a boy (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2002-12-10)  CPDL #04343:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2002-12-10).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 100 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2021 (minor formatting).

General Information

Title: I thought that love had been a boy
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 32
    2nd published: 1900 in Ausgewählte Madrigale und mehrstimmige Gesänge , Book I, no. 3

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

I thought that love had beene a boy, with blinded eies,
or else some other wanton toy, that men devise,
like tales of fayries often told,
by doting age that dies for cold.