Lais now old (Orlando Gibbons)

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  • (Posted 2017-10-29)  CPDL #47109:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-10-29).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #30299, with minor changes to slurring.
  • (Posted 2013-10-10)  CPDL #30299:        (Finale 2004)
Editor: Willem Verkaik (submitted 2013-10-10).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed in modern clefs, but in the original key. For SATTB transpose ad lib.

General Information

Title: Lais now old
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1612 in The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, no. 13

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Original text and translations

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Lais now old, that erst attempting lass!
To Goddess Venus consecrates her glass,
For she herself hath now no use of one,
No dimpled cheeks hath she to gaze upon,
She cannot see her springtime damask grace,
Nor dare she look upon look upon her winter face.