Ye that do live in pleasures (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24186:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-19).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #6928, with corrections. Transposed down a major 3rd. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
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General Information

Title: Ye that do live in pleasures
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609

Description: No. 25 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals.

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Original text and translations

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Ye that do live in pleasures plenty,
and dwell in Music's sweetest Airs,
whose eyes are quick, whose ears are dainty,
not clogg'd with earth or worldly cares,
come sing this song, made in Amphion's praise,
who now is dead, yet you his fame can raise.

Call him again, let him not die,
but live in Music's sweetest breath;
place him in fairest memory,
and let him triumph over death.
O sweetly sung, his living wish attend ye.
These were his words, "The mirth of heav'n God send ye."