Life Born: c. 1557
The entry in
Cathedral Music, Volume 1 (William Boyce) reads:
Thomas Morley was admitted Batchelor in Music at Oxford, 1588, and became Gentleman of the Royal Chapels to Queen Elizabeth, in 1592. He publish'd a learned Treatise in 1597, entitled A Plain and Easy Introduction to Practical Musicke, which he dedicated to William Bird, who had been his Master. He died in 1602.
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Canzonets or Little Short Songs to foure Voyces selected from Italian composers
E.H. Fellowes included these (un-numbered) in his edition of
Madrigals to Four voices.
See, mine own sweet jewel
Joy, joy doth so arise
Cruel, you pull away too soon
Lady, those eyes
Hold out my heart
Good morrow, fair ladies of the May
Whither away so fast
Blow, Shepherds, blow
O fly not, O take some pity
Thirsis, let pity move thee Now must I die recureless
Lady, if I through grief 15.
Cease mine eyes 16.
Do you not know? 17.
Where art thou wanton? 18.
What ails my darling 19.
Say dear, will you not have me? 20. Arise, get up my dear
The following pieces were included in a 2nd edition, published in 1606.
Love learns by laughing 22.
This Love is but a wanton fit 23.
Though Philomela lost her love 24. Spring-time mantleth every bough
April is in my mistress' face
Why sit I here, alas, complaining
Since my tears and lamenting
Help I fall
Lady, why grieve you still me
In dew of roses
In ev'ry place
Now is the gentle season
(part 2 of number 9) The fields abroad Come, lovers, follow me
O no, thou dost but flout me 13.
I will no more come to thee 14.
Besides a fountain 15.
Sport we my lovely treasure 16.
(part 2 of number 15) O sweet, alas, what say you? 17.
Hark, jolly shepherds 18.
Ho! who comes here? 19.
Die now, my heart 20.
Say gentle nymphs that tread 21.
Round around about a wood 22. On a fair morning
Dainty fine sweet nymph
Shoot, false Love, I care not
Now is the month of maying
Sing we and chant it
No, no, no, no, Nigella
My bonny lass she smileth
I saw my lovely Phillis
What saith my dainty darling?
Thus saith my Galatea
About the maypole My lovely wanton jewel
You that wont to my pipe's sound 14.
Fyer, fyer 15.
Those dainty daffadillies 16.
Lady, those cherries plenty 17.
I love, alas, I love thee 18.
Lo, she flies 19.
Leave, alas, this tormenting 20. Why weeps, alas, my lady?
Included in the 2
nd edition published in 1600, the following piece is to seven voices
21. Phillis, I fain would die now
(Italian version of "First Book of Ballets")
Fly love that art so sprightly
False love did me inveigle
Adieu, adieu you kind and cruel
Love's folk in green arraying
Love took his bow and arrow
Lo where with flowery head
O grief, e'en on the bud
Sovereign of my delight
Our Bonny-boots could toot it
Ay me, the fatal arrow My nymph, the dear
Cruel, wilt thou persever 13.
Said I that Amarillis 14.
Damon and Phillis 15.
Lady you think you spite me 16.
You black bright stars 17.
I follow, lo, the footing 18.
Stay heart, run not so fast 19.
Good Love, then fly thou to her 20.
Ladies, you see time flieth 21. Hark, alleluia
A Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicalle Musicke - 1597
Included as an example, this piece was included by E. H. Fellowes in his re-publication of
Canzonets to Three Voices.
Shown as a wordless “air” in Morley’s book. Thurston Dart set these words to it from a piece by Thomas Bateson published in his
First Set of Madrigals (1604).
Triumphs of Oriana - 1601
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