Now fie on love (George Alexander Macfarren)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 364 kB   Copyright: Personal
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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-03-25).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 93 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Now fie on love
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: Thomas Goffe

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or a cappella

First published: 1882 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 15, no. 417

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Original text and translations

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1  Now fie on love, it ill befits,
Or men and women know it;
Love was not made for people in their wits,
And they that fondly show it,
Betray their too much feathered brains,
And shall have only Bedlam for their pains.

2  To love is to distract my sleep,
And waking to wear fetters,
To love is but to go to school to weep,
I'll leave it to my betters;
If single love be such a curse,
To marry is to make it ten times worse.