Witness, ye heavens (Giles Farnaby)

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General Information

Title: Witness, ye heavens
Composer: Giles Farnaby

Number of voices: 8vv   Voicings: SSSAATBB or SSAATTBB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in Canzonets to Four Voices, no. 21


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Original text and translations

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Witness ye heav'ns, I vow to love the fairest,
To love, but how? For virtue, not for lust.
Why? Because she is the rarest.
Come life, come death, in her I only trust;
Hap death, hap life, I force not which betide me,
By her I live, from death I cannot hide me.