Why wail we thus? (George Kirbye)
- Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2014-05-07). Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 108 kB Copyright: CPDL
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- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-01-28). Score information: A4, 8 pages, 65 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: From the 1892 edition, edited by G. E. P. Arkwright. 3/1 time signature in central section changed to 3/2. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
- Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-15). Score information: Letter, 11 pages, 99 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 V. M. Brennan
Title: Why wail we thus?
Composer: George Kirbye
Description: 2nd part of of a 2-part madrigal, the 1st part being Up then, Melpomene
Original text and translations
Why wail we thus, why weary we the gods with plaints,
as if some evil were to her betight?
She reigns a goddess now among the saints,
that whilome was the saint of shepherds light,
and is installed now in heaven's height.
I see thee, blessed soul, I see,
walk in Elysian fields so free.
O, happy hearse, might I once come to thee,
O, that I might…
O, joyful verse.