When I observe (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • CPDL #20735:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2010-01-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: When I observe
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1622 in Songs of 3-6 parts, no. 23

Description: See also: Who shall ascend the hill of God?, a later contrafactum of this work

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Original text and translations

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When I observe those beauty's wonderments,
Mine eyes, how do you burn!
But when those ears, so deaf at my laments,
Mine eyes, how do you mourn!
Then for my torment, Love, this help devise,
Or open her deaf ears, or close mine eyes.