O happy dames (John Sheppard)
- Editor: Jason Smart (submitted 2019-02-21). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 335 kB Copyright: CC BY NC ND
- Edition notes: Edited from various Tudor manuscript sources. Original pitch and note values retained. A critical commentary is appended to the score.
Title: O happy dames
Composer: John Sheppard
Description: Sheppard's "O happy dames" is a four-part setting of a poem by Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1516/7-1547)
Original text and translations
O happy dames that may embrace
the fruit of your delight,
Help to bewail the woeful case
and eke the heavy plight
Of me that wonted to rejoice
the fortune of my pleasant choice:
good ladies help to fill my mourning voice.