The curtain drawn (Giles Farnaby)

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General Information

Title: The curtain drawn
Composer: Giles Farnaby

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Canzonets to Four Voices, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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The curtain drawn, I saw my love lie sleeping;
Thrice happy was that peeping,
for viewing her sweet lying,
preserves my life and keeps my soul from dying.
Of thousand joys, missing her, I had missed all,
whose sight revives me more than ruby pearl and crystal.