Draw on, sweet night (John Wilbye)

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General Information

Title: Draw on, sweet night
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicings: SSATTB or SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609

Description: No. 31 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals

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Original text and translations

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Draw on, Sweet Night, friend unto those cares
That do arise from painful melancholy.
My life so ill through want of comfort fares,
that unto thee I consecrate it wholly.
Sweet Night, draw on
My griefs when they be told to shades
and darkness find some ease from paining,
And while thou all in silence dost enfold,
I then shall have best time for my complaining.