Alas, for lak of her presens (Robert Fayrfax)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-07)  CPDL #57885:   
Editor: Humphrey Thompson (submitted 2020-04-07).   Score information: Unknown   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Edition prepared for the Fayrfax 2021 Quincentenary, generously supported by the Mercers' Company.

General Information

Title: Alas, for lack of her presens
Composer: Robert Fayrfax

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularArt song

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Alas for lak ofher presens,
Whom I serve and shall as long,
Tyll deth my lyff departe from hens!
Absens it is that wolde me wrong;
And thus is the tyme ofhis song;
To gett mystrust is his entent
To send to her to make me shent.*
[*shent: confounded]