The shepherd Strephon (John Mundy)

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  • CPDL #25652:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-02-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 21 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Transcribed from the facsimile edition, with the Superius part set for Soprano and Medius for Alto. The underlay is almost completely absent for the lower three parts in the original, so is editorial. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: The shepherd Strephon
Composer: John Mundy

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Songs and Psalmes, no. 20

Description: This is the 1st part of a 2-part madrigal, the 2nd part being Witness, ye heavens

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Original text and translations

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The shepherd Strephon loved fair Dorida,
The finest shepherd is in all our field,
Whose loyal love, when she would not obey,
Ne by entreaties forced once to yield,
All on his knees unto the seemly saint,
In woeful wise thus gan he make his plaint.