O fools! can you not see (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24235:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-24).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: O fools! can you not see
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1598

Description: No. 8 from The 1st Set of Madrigals. 2nd part of a two-part madrigal, the 1st part being What needeth all this travail.

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Original text and translations

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O fools! can you not see a traffic nearer,
In my sweet lady's face, where nature showeth
Whatever treasure eye sees or heart knoweth,
Rubies and diamonds dainty,
And orient pearls such plenty,
Coral and ambergris, sweeter and dearer,
Than which the South Seas or Moluccas lend us,
Or either Indies, East or West, do send us.