Fly not so swift my dear (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24185:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-19).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #6576. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #06576:       
Editor: Ken Williams (submitted 2004-01-25).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 184 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Fly not so swift my dear
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609

Description: No. 13 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals

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Original text and translations

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Fly not so swift, my dear, behold me dying,
If not a smiling glance for all my crying,
Yet kill me with thy frowns.
The Satyrs o'er the lawns full nimbly dancing,
Frisk it apace to view thy beauty's glancing.
See how they coast the downs.
Fain wouldst thou turn and yield them their delight,
But that thou fear'st lest I should steal a sight.