Stay, Corydon, thou swain (John Wilbye)

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  • (Posted 2011-09-18)  CPDL #24501:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-18).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 225 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised files uploaded 10/09/21.

General Information

Title: Stay, Corydon, thou swain
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 32
    2nd published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.17

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Original text and translations

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Stay, Corydon, thou swain,
Talk not so soon of dying:
What though thy heart be slain,
What though thy love be flying?
She threatens thee, but dares not strike,
Thy nymph is light and shadow-like;
For if thou follow her, she'll fly from thee;
But if thou fly from her, she'll follow thee.