Ah! cannot sighs nor tears (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24495:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-18).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 73 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Ah! cannot sighs nor tears
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 30

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Original text and translations

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Ah! cannot sighs not tears, nor aught else move thee
To pity me, who more than life do love thee?
O cruel fates! see, now away she’s flying,
And fly, alas! alas! and leave me dying.
Farewell, most fair, farewell, yet more disdainful:
Was never grief like mine, nor death more painful.