Why dost thou shoot? (John Wilbye)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-08). Score information: A4, 7 pages, 53 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: This version is SSATTB, in the original key.
Title: Why dost thou shoot?
Composer: John Wilbye
Description: No.30 from The 1st Set of Madrigals. Original is set for SSSATB, but the Alto and Tenor have exactly the same range, rather low for the Alto.
Original text and translations
Why dost thou shoot, and I seek not to shield me?
I yield, (sweet love) spare then my wound-ed liver,
And do not make my heart thy arrow’s quiver.
O hold! What needs this shooting, when I yield me?