Up then, Melpomene (George Kirbye)

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General Information

Title: Up then, Melpomene
Composer: George Kirbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1597 in The first set of English madrigalls to 4-6 voyces, no. 22

Description: 1st part of a 2-part madrigal, the 2nd part being Why wail we thus?

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Original text and translations

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Up, then, Melpomene, the mournful'st Muse of nine,
Such cause of mourning never had'st afore.
Up, grisly ghosts, and up my rueful rime,
Matter of mirth now shalt thou have no more,
For dead she is, that mirth thee made of yore:
Dido, my dear, alas, is dead;
Dead and lieth wrap'd in lead.
O, heavy hearse,
Let streaming tears be poured out in store.
O, careful verse.