What can I do, my dearest (George Kirbye)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-27)  CPDL #25496:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-27).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 94 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From the 1891 edition, edited by G. E. P. Arkwright, at the original key. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: What can I do, my dearest
Composer: George Kirbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in The first set of English madrigalls to 4-6 voyces, no. 3

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Original text and translations

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What can I do, my dearest of the sweet help deprived
Of those thy fair eyes, by which I still have lived?
How can my soul endure, thus charg’d with sadness,
Exile from thy dear sight so full of gladness?