Why weeps alas (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2020-11-01)  CPDL #61111:       
Editor: Leonardo Lollini (submitted 2020-11-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Original English words. Modern clefs. No trasnposition
  • (Posted 2011-12-27)  CPDL #25222:         
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  • (Posted 2007-09-11)  CPDL #15038:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Listed alphabetically under "Ballets" on external site.

General Information

Title: Why weeps, alas, my lady?
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in First Book of Ballets, no. 20

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Original text and translations

English original text

Why weepes, alas, my ladie, love and mistress?
Sweet hart, O feare not, what though a while I leave thee?
My life may faile, but I will not deceive thee.

English.png English text

Why weeps, alas, my lady love and mistress?
Sweetheart, O fear not, what though awhile I leave thee?
My life may fail, but I will not deceive thee.

Italian.png Italian translation

Perché piange, ahimè, la mia signora, amore e padrona?
Tesoro, oh non temere, anche se per un po' ti lascio:
La mia vita potrebbe fallire, ma non ti ingannerò.