The fields abroad (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25894:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-09).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-12-05).   Score information: Letter, 7 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The fields abroad
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 10

Description: Second of 2-part madrigal, Now is the gentle season is the first part.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

The fields abroad with spangled flowers are gilded,
The meads are mantled, and closes.
In May, each bush arrayed, and sweet wild roses.
The nightingale her bower hath gaily builded,
And full of kindly lust, and love's inspiring,
"I love" she sings, hark: her mate desiring.

German.png German translation

Die weiten Felder sind überall mit Blumen geschmückt,
die Wiesen sind von ihnen überzogen, und die Höfe;
im Mai hat jeder Busch sich herausgeputzt,
und die lieblichen wilden Rosen.
Die Nachtigall hat sich fröhlich ihre Laube gebaut,
und voller liebenswürdigem Verlangen, und der Liebe Inspirierendem
„Ich lieb’“, singt sie, hört: und begehrt ihr Männchen.