There is a garden in her face (Thomas Campion)

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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2002-12-01).   Score information: 19.7 x 28.4 cm, 6 pages, 124 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Midi files available for each part.
Arranger: Eva Toller

General Information

Title: There is a garden in her face
Composer: Thomas Campion

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1617 in The Fourth Booke of Ayres, no. 4

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Original text and translations

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There is a garden in her face,
Where roses and white lilies grow;
A heav'nly paradise is that place,
Wherein all pleasant fruits do flow.
There cherries grow, which none may buy
Till Cherry ripe, themselves do cry.

Those cherries fairly do enclose
Of orient pearl a double row;
Which when her lovely laughter shows,
They look like rosebuds filled with snow.
Yet them no peer nor prince can buy
Till Cherry ripe, themselves do cry.

Her eyes like angels watch them still;
Her brows like bended bows do stand,
Threat'ning with piercing frowns to kill
All that attempt with eye or hand
Those sacred cherries to come nigh
Till Cherry ripe, themselves do cry.