My throat is sore (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24386:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-07).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 59 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: My throat is sore
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 27

Description: 2nd part of a two-part madrigal, the 1st part being Of joys and pleasing pains.

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Original text and translations

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My throat is sore, my voice is hoarse with skriking,
My rests are sighs, deep from the heart’s root fetched;
My song runs all on sharps, and with oft striking
Time on my breast, I shrink with hands outstretched;
Thus still, and still I sing, and ne’er am linning,
For still the close points to my first beginning.