The blackbird (John Mundy)

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  • CPDL #25673:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 52 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Transcribed from the facsimile edition, with the Superius set for Soprano, and Medius parts and Contratenor for Alto. Spelling modernised. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The blackbird
Composer: John Mundy

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Songs and Psalmes, no. 28

Description: This is the 2nd part of a 2-part madrigal, the 1st part being In midst of woods

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Original text and translations

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The blackbird made the sweetest sound,
Whose tunes did far excel,
Full pleasantly and most profound,
Was all things placèd well.
Thy pretty tunes, mine own sweet bird,
Done with so good a grace,
Extols thy name, prefers the same
Abroad in ev’-ry place.
Thy music grave, bedeckèd well
With sundry points of skill,
Bewrays thy knowledge excellent,
Ingrafted in thy will.
My tongue shall speak, my pen shall write
In praise of thee to tell,
The sweetest bird that ever was,
In friendly sort farewell.