Lady your words do spite me (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-30)  CPDL #24629:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-30).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: This edition has Maeander for Leander, following the 1840 facsimile.
  • (Posted 2005-11-30)  CPDL #10285:  Network.png
Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-30).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 60 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 by V. M. Brennan
  • (Posted 2005-08-30)  CPDL #09301:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Lady your words do spite me
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 18

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Original text and translations

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Lady, your words do spite me,
Yet your sweet lips, so soft, kiss and delight me,
Your deeds my heart surcharg'd with overjoying,
Your taunts my life destroying.
Since both have force to spill me,
let kisses sweet, Sweet, kill me.
Knights fight with swords and lances,
Fight you with smiling glances,
So, like swans of Leander,
My ghost from hence shall wander,
singing and dying.