Thirsis, on his fair Phyllis' breast reposing (Thomas Bateson)

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  • CPDL #25748:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 112 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format. Revised files uploaded 31/01/19.
  • CPDL #25747:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-13).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 113 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format. Revised files uploaded 31/01/19.

General Information

Title: Thirsis, on his fair Phyllis' breast reposing
Composer: Thomas Bateson

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of English Madrigals to 3-6 voices, no. 26

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Original text and translations

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Thirsis, on his fair Phyllis’ breast reposing,
Sweetly did languish,
When she, in love’s sweet anguish,
Him kissing gently, said thus, with tender glances,
“Thirsis, O tell me, thy true love best approved,
Art not thou my best beloved?”
Then he, which to her heart was ever nearest,
Kiss’d her again and said, “Yes, lady dearest”.