Since first I saw your face (Thomas Ford)

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General Information

Title: Since first I saw your face
Composer: Thomas Ford

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Musicke of Sundrie Kindes, no. 8

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Since first I saw your face I resolv’d
To honour and renown you;
If now I be disdain’d I wish
My heart had never known you.
What I that loved and you that liked,
Shall we begin to wrangle?
No, no, no! my heart is fast
And cannot disentangle.
The Sun, whose beams most glorious are,
Rejecteth no beholder,
And your sweet beauty past compare,
Made my poor eyes the bolder:
Where beauty moves and wit delights,
And signs of kindness bind me,
There, oh there! Where e’er I go
I leave my heart behind me.
If I desire or praise you too much,
That fault you may forgive me;
Or if my hands had strayed but a touch,
Then justly might you leave me.
I asked you leave, you bade me love;
Is now the time to chide me?
No, no, no! I'll love you still,
What fortune e’er betide me.

German.png German translation

Als ich dein Antlitz zum ersten Mal sah,
beschloss ich, dich zu ehren und rühmen;
wenn du mich jetzt zurückweist,
wünschte ich, mein Herz hätte dich nie gekannt.
Wie, ich, der dich liebte und du, die mich mochte,
sollen wir anfangen zu streiten?
Nein, nein, nein, mein Herz ist gefangen
und kann sich nicht losreißen.

Die Sonne, deren Strahlen so herrlich sind,
weist keinen Betrachter zurück.
Und deine Schönheit ohne Gleichen
machte meine armen Augen noch kühner;
wo Schönheit ist und Geist erfreut
und Zeichen der Liebenswürdigkeit mich binden,
dort, o dort, wo auch immer ich hingehe,
lass ich mein Herz zurück.