Wherefore sit I complaining? (Peter Philips)

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  • (Posted 2012-05-13)  CPDL #26168:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-05-13).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 39 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Wherefore sit I complaining?
Composer: Peter Philips

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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Wherefore sit I complaining,
With sobs and groanings, out alas, my disdaining?
Never this mirth contents me,
When grief of mind torments me.
But cease this weeping, fool, she does but prove thee;
Comfort false, hence away, for thou canst not move me.
And you that saw too much, mine eyes, shall dearly buy it.
Still thus to weep forever
your fountains shall persever.
O eyes that did espy it.
False comfort, hence, for thou canst never ease me;
Away, I say, thou canst not please me.
Phyllis, I cry, for want of dying
See, I die.