Sad Cypress (Martin Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2017-11-24)   CPDL #47687:   
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2017-11-24).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sad Cypress
Composer: Martin Johnson
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Come away, come away, death,
And in sad cypress let me be laid.
Fly away, fly away, breath;
I am slain by a fair cruel maid.
My shroud of white, stuck all with yew,
O, prepare it!
My part of death, no one so true
Did share it.

Not a flower, not a flower sweet,
On my black coffin let there be strown.
Not a friend, not a friend greet
My poor corpse, where my bones shall be thrown.
A thousand thousand sighs to save,
Lay me, O, where
Sad true lover never find my grave,
To weep there!