I live, and yet methinks I do not breathe (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24257:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: I live, and yet methinks I do not breathe
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609

Description: No. 7 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals

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Original text and translations

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I live, and yet methinks I do not breathe,
I thirst, and drink, and drink, and thirst again,
I sleep, and yet I dream I am awake,
I hope for that I have; I have and want:
I sing and sigh; I love and hate at once.
Oh! tell me, restless soul, what uncouth jar
Doth cause such want in store, in peace such war?