To shorten Winter's sadness (Thomas Weelkes)

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General Information

Title: To shorten winter's sadness
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

To shorten winter's sadness,
See where the nymphs with gladness:
Fa la la.
Disguised, all are coming,
Right wantonly a-mumming:
Fa la la.

Though masks encloud their beauty,
yet give the eye her duty,
Fa la la la…
When Heav'n is dark it shineth,
and unto love inclineth:
Fa la la la…