Dainty fine bird (Orlando Gibbons)

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General Information

Title: Dainty fine bird
Composer: Orlando Gibbons

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSTTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1612 in The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, no. 9

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Original text and translations

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Dainty fine bird that art encaged there,
Alas how like thine and my fortunes are.
Both prisoners be; and both singing, thus
Strive to please her that hath imprisoned us.
Only thus we differ, thou and I,
Thou livest singing, but I sing and die.