Must I part, O my jewel? (George Kirbye)

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General Information

Title: Must I part, O my jewel?
Composer: George Kirbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in The first set of English madrigalls to 4-6 voyces, no. 21

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Original text and translations

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Must I part, O, my jewel,
Hapless from my fair sun, whose beams me nourish?
Alas, who now comforteth, or doth me cherish,
Pained with grief so cruel?
O, if it so must needs be, my wicked fortune,
How can she further harm me?