O sweet alas what say you (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2011-12-17)  CPDL #25172:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #15015, transposed down a tone.
  • (Posted 2007-09-11)  CPDL #15015:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: O sweet, alas, what say you?
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 16
Description: 2nd part of a 2-part madrigal, the 1st part being Sport we my lovely treasure (Thomas Morley)

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Original text and translations

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O sweet, alas, what say you?
Ay me, that face discloses
The scarlet blush of sweet vermilion roses.
And yet, alas,
I know not if such a crimson staining
be for love or disdaining.
But if of love it grow not,
be it disdain conceived,
to see us of love's fruits so long bereaved.