Woe am I, my heart dies (George Kirbye)

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  • (Posted 2012-01-28)  CPDL #25499:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-28).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 67 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: Woe am I, my heart dies
Composer: George Kirbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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

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Original text and translations

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Woe am I, my heart dies
As that which on thy will relies.
Since then I die, only in hope to please thee,
No grief of death, though cruel, shall disease me.
Yet shall I be tormented,
Cruel, to see thee pleas’d and contented.