Queen Anne Boleyn's Lament (Robert Johnson)

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  • CPDL #05922:     
Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2003-11-04).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 104 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Queen Anne Boleyn's Lament
Composer: Robert Johnson

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SAAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: A General History of the Science and Practice of Music by Sir John Hawkins, 1776 (p. 720)

Description: Apparently a contrafactum: "Verses…from an ancient MS; the music by Robert Johnson from another."

External websites: Recorded by I Furiosi Baroque Ensemble on their CD "Defiled Is My (Middle) Name". 2 minute mp3 clip on line

Original text and translations

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Defiled is my name, full sore,
through cruel spite and false report
that I may say for ever more
farewell my joy, adieu comfort.

Full wrongfully ye judge of me
unto my fame a mortal wound
say what ye list it will not be,
ye seek for that cannot be found.