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Pastime with good company (Henry VIII)

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  • CPDL #24097:  Network.png Icon_snd.gif Icon_ly.gif
Editor: Kenji Yamamoto (submitted 2011-08-05).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 67 kB   Copyright: CC BY 3.0 Unported
Edition notes: ATB
  • CPDL #19934:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Edward Tambling (submitted 2009-08-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: 3-part version, as it appears in the 'Henry VIII manuscript' (British Library, London, Add. 31922)
  • CPDL #17433:  Icon_pdf_globe.gif Icon_snd_globe.gif Icon_ly.gif Network.png Part Midis and Alternate Version Available
Editor: Monique Rio (submitted 2008-07-03).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 261 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-02-05).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 19 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Listed under: Tudor, Henry. NoteWorthy Composer file may be viewed and printed with NoteWorthy Composer Viewer.
Editor: Philip Legge (submitted 2006-01-15).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 84 kB    Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Included in the TUMS Busking Book.
  • CPDL #07429:  Icon_pdf.gif
Editor: Jim Cooke (submitted 2004-07-02).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 128 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB/tambourine or sim.
  • CPDL #06753:  Network.png Scorch, MIDI and Sibelius 2 files available.
Editor: John D. Smith (submitted 2004-02-20).   Score information: A4, 1 page    Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Scores listed alphabetically by composer. All scores available in Scorch format, some are also available as PDF files.
  • CPDL #06172:  Network.png PDF and MIDI files available.
Editor: Ted Dean (submitted 2003-12-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 22 kB    Copyright: Personal
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  • CPDL #04730:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and Overture files available.
Editor: John Kilpatrick (submitted 2003-04-08).   Score information: A4, 1 and 4 pages, 19 and 62 kB    Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Two versions STB (or ATB) available with slightly different harmonies, and a third version that includes elaborations by the editor of verses 2 & 3, up to SATBB.
Editor: Claudio Macchi (submitted 2001-03-13).   Score information: Letter, 1 page, 27 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes:
Editor: François-Xavier Chauchat (submitted 2000-07-24).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 34 kB    Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Pastime with good company
Composer: Henry VIII

Number of voices: 3, 4vv   Voicings: ATB or SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella


Description: Some editions are ATB, some are rearranged for SATB, or have a S descant over the ATB score.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Pastime with good company
I love, and shall until I die.
Gruch* who lust but none deny,
So God be pleas'd thus live will I.
For my pastance,
hunt, sing, and dance,
my heart is set
All goodly sport,
for my comfort,
who shall me let?

2. Youth must have some dalliance,
of good or ill some pastance.
Company methinks then best,
all thoughts and fancies to digest.
For idleness,
is chief mistress
of vices all
Then who can say
but mirth and play
is best of all.

3. Company with honesty,
Is virtue, vices to flee.
Company is good and ill,
but every man hath his free will.
The best ensue,
the worst eschew,
my mind shall be
Virtue to use,
vice to refuse,
thus shall I use me.

Italian.png Italian translation

1. Amo passare il tempo in buona
compagnia, e lo farò finché vivo.
Mi invidi chi vuole, ma nessuno me lo neghi,
e a Dio piacendo vivrò così.
Per il mio tempo libero,
cacciare, cantare e ballare,
il mio cuore è pronto
per i buoni passatempi,
per il mio benessere,
chi me lo permetterà*?

2. La gioventù deve innamorarsi,
nel bene e nel male deve avere passatempi.
Credo che la compagnia sia la miglior cura,
per superare le fantasie e i pensieri.
Poiché l'ozio
è il padre
di tutti i vizi
chi non può dire
che l'allegria e il gioco
siano i migliori di tutti?

3. Un'onesta compagnia
è virtù, e fugge i vizi.
La compagnia è buona o cattiva,
ma ogni uomo ha libera volontà.
Seguire il bene,
fuggire il male
sarà il mio pensiero,
ad usare la virtù,
a rifiutare il vizio
mi adopererò.

Portuguese.png Portuguese translation

Passatempo em boa companhia,
Eu amo, e amarei até morrer.
Inveje-me quem quiser, mas ninguém me o negue,
Estando Deus satisfeito, assim eu viverei.
Para meu passatempo:
Caçar, cantar, e dançar,
O meu coração está pronto!
Todo o bom desporto,
Para o meu conforto,
Quem me impedirá?

A juventude deve ter algum galanteio,
De bom ou mau algum passatempo.
Penso que a companhia é o melhor deles
Para absorver todos os pensamentos e fantasias.
Pois a ociosidade,
É a grande senhora,
De todos os vícios:
Então, quem pode dizer,
Senão que a alegria e o jogo,
São o melhor de tudo?

Companhia com honestidade,
É virtude que afugenta os vícios,
A companhia pode ser boa ou má,
Mas todo homem tem seu livre-arbítrio.
Perseguir o melhor,
Renunciar ao pior,
Será o meu propósito:
Usar de virtude,
Recusar o vício,
Para isso me aplicarei!

* gruch: archaic form of grudge.