Who looks may leap (William Byrd)

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Editor: David Fraser (added 2003-07-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 84 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Who looks may leap
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: AAT
Genre: Secular, Madrigal

Language: English

Instruments: a cappella

Published: Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets (1611), no. 5


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Original text and translations

Original text:

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Who looks may leap and save his shins from knocks,
Who tries may trust, else flatt'ring friends shall find,
He saves the Steed that keeps him under locks,
Who speaks with heed may boldly speak his mind,
But he whose tongue before his wit doth run,
Often speaks too soon, and grieves when he hath done.