To shorten Winter's sadness (Thomas Weelkes)

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  • CPDL #11120: Network.png MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-02-28).   Copyright: GnuGPDL
Edition notes: All pieces listed alphabetically by composer.
  • CPDL #10213: Network.png PDF, MIDI and NoteWorthy Composer files available.
Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-11-20).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2004 by V. M. Brennan
Editor: Glen Thompson (submitted 2004-07-18).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 188 kbytes   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: NoteWorthy Composer file is zipped.

General Information

Title: To Shorten Winter's Sadness
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella


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Original text and translations

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To shorten winter's sadness,
see where the Nymphs with gladness:
Fa la la la...
Disguised, all are coming,
right wantonly a-mumming:
Fa la la la...
Though masks encloud their beauty,
yet give the eye her duty,
Fa la la la...
When Heav'n is dark it shineth,
and unto love inclineth:
Fa la la la...