Stay, Corydon, thou swain (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24501:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-18).   Score information: A4, 12 pages, 103 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Stay, Corydon, thou swain
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609

Description: No. 32 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals

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Stay, Corydon, thou swain,
Talk not so soon of dying:
What though thy heart be slain,
What though thy love be flying?
She threatens thee, but dares not strike,
Thy nymph is light and shadow-like;
For if thou follow her, she'll fly from thee;
But if thou fly from her, she'll follow thee.