Compel the hawk to sit (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2022-11-15)  CPDL #71563:       
Editor: Allen Garvin (submitted 2022-11-15).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 81 kB   Copyright: CC BY NC
Edition notes:
  • (Posted 2008-05-10)  CPDL #16894:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-05-10).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 246 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Sept 2021 (editorial, formatting)

General Information

Title: Compel the Hawk to sit
Composer: William Byrd
Lyricist: Thomas Churchyardcreate page (c.1520-1604)

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: ATTBB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1589 in Songs of sundrie natures, no. 28

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Original text and translations

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Compell the Hawke to sitt that is unmand,
or make the Hound untaught, to draw the Deere,
or bring the free against his will in band,
or move the sad a pleasant tale to heare,
your time is lost, and you are neare the neere:
So Love ne learnes by force the knot to knit,
he serves but those that feele sweete fancyes fit.