In going to my naked bed (Richard Edwards)

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General Information

Title: In Going to My Naked Bed
Composer: Richard Edwards

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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1. In going to my naked bed, as one that would have slept,
I heard a wife sing to her child that long before had wept.
She sighed sore and sang full sweet to bring the babe to rest,
that would not cease but cried still in sucking at her breast.
She was full weary of her watch, and grieved with her child,
she rocked it and rated it till that on her it smiled:
then did she say now have I found this proverb true to prove,
the falling out of faithful friends renewing is of love.

2. Then took I paper, pen and ink, this proverb for to write,
In register for to remain of such a worthy wight.
As she proceded thus in song unto her little brat,
much matter uttered she of weight,
in place whereas she sat,
and proved plain there was no beast,
nor creature bearing life,
could well be known to live in love without discord or strife:
then kissed she her little babe, and swore by God above,
the falling out of faithful friends renewing is of love.

3. She said that neither king ne prince, ne lord could live aright,
until their puissance they did prove, their manhood and their might.
When manhood shall be matched so that fear can take no place,
then weary works makes warriors each other to embrace,
and leave their force that failed them, which did consume the rout,
that might before have lived their time, and their full nature out:
then did she sing as one that thought no man could her reprove,
the falling out of faithful friends renewing is of love.

4. She said she saw no fish ne foul, nor beast within her haunt,
that met a stranger in their kind, that could give it a taunt.
Since flesh might not endure but rest must wrath succeed,
and force who fight to fall to play, in pasture where they feed.
So noble nature can well end the works she hath begun,
and bridle well that will not cease her tragedy in some;
thus in her song she oft rehearsed, as did her well behove,
the falling out of faithful friends renewing is of love.

5. I marvel much pardy quoth she, for to behold the route,
to see man, woman, boy and beast to toss the world about:
some kneel, some crouch, some beck, some check, and some can smoothly smile,
and some embrace others in arm, and there think many a wile.
Some stand aloof at cap and knee, some humble and some stout,
yet are they never friends indeed, until they once fall out;
thus ended she her song and said before she did remove,
the falling out of faithful friends renewing is of love.