I fall, I fall (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24274:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: I fall, I fall
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 14

Description: 1st part of a two-part madrigal, the 2nd part being And though my love abounding.

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Original text and translations

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I fall, I fall, O stay me,
Dear love, with joys you slay me,
Of life your lips deprive me,
Sweet, let your lips revive me,
O whither are you hasting,
And leave my life thus wasting?
My health on you relying,
‘Twere sin to leave me dying.