Alas! What a wretched life (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24293:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 40 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key of A minor. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Alas! What a wretched life
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1598

Description: No. 19 from The 1st Set of Madrigals.

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Original text and translations

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Alas! What a wretched life is this!
Nay what a death! Where tyrant Love commandeth!
My flow’ring days are in their prime declining,
All my proud hope quite fall’n, and life untwining,
My joys each after other, in haste are flying,
And leave me dying for her that scorns my crying.
Oh she from hence departs, my love refraining,
For whom, all heartless alas! I die complaining.