Thus love commands (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24292:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 35 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Thus love commands
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. 17

Description: 2nd part of a two-part madrigal, the 1st part being I always beg.

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Original text and translations

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Thus love commands, that I in vain complain me,
And sorrow will that she shall still disdain me:
Yet did I hope, which hope my life prolonged,