By a bank (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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  • CPDL #02698:        (Finale 2001)
Editor: Suzi Nassen Stefl (submitted 2001-05-16).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: By a bank
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1609 in Deuteromelia, no. 19


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Original text and translations

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By a bank as I lay,
Musing on a thing that was past and gone, hey ho.
In the merry month of May,
O somewhat before the day,
Methought I heard at the last.

O the gentle nightingale,
The lady and mistress of all musick,
She sits down ever in the dale
Singing with her notes most smale,
Quavering them wonderful thick.

O for joy my spirits were quick,
To hear the sweet bird how merrily she could sing,
And said good lord defend
England with thy most Holy Hand,
And save noble James our King.