Poor is the life (Michael East)

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General Information

Title: Poor is the life
Composer: Michael East

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1610 Third set of Bookes

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Poor is the life that misses
the lover's greatest treasure,
innumerable kisses,
which end in endless pleasure.

O, then, if this be so,
shall I a virgin die?
Fie, no, no, no!

German.png German translation

Wie armselig ist das Leben
ohne der Liebenden größten Schatz:
unzählige Küsse,
die in endlosem Vergnügen enden.

Alsdann, wenn es so ist,
soll ich als Jungfer sterben?
Pfui! Nein, nein, nein!