Come to me grief for ever (William Byrd)

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Editor: David Fraser (added 2004-09-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 72 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Laura Conrad (added 2001-05-08).   Score information: kbytes   Copyright: GnuGPL
Edition notes: Elegy for Sir Philip Sydney, d. 1586. In partbook format.

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Title: Come to me grief for ever
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 5vv  Voicing: SSATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigals
Language: English
Instruments: none, a cappella
Published: Psalmes, Sonnets & Songs (1588), no. 34

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Original text and translations

Original text:

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Come to me grief for ever,
Come to me tears day and night,
Come to me plaint, ah helpless,
Just grief, heart tears, plaint worthy,

Go from me dread to die now
Go from me care to live more,
Go from me joys all on earth,
Sidney, O Sidney is dead.

He whom the Court adorned,
He whom the country courtesied,
He who made happy his friends,
He that did good to all men.

Sidney, the hope of lands strange,
Sidney, the flower of England,
Sidney, the spirit heroic,
Sidney id dead, O dead.

Dead? no, no, but renowed
With the anointed one,
Honour on earth at his feet,
Bliss everlasting his seat.

Come to grief for ever
Come to me tears day and night,
Come to me plaint, ah helpless,
Just grief, heart tears, plaint worthy.