Yet, sweet, take heed (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24648:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-10-03).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 58 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Because the range of the Alto part is actually greater than that of the Tenor, in this edition, Alto and Tenor parts have been interchanged in bars 51-74 and 90-93. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #13084:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-11-15).   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Listed alphabetically by language/nationality and composer.
  • CPDL #10292:  Network.png
Editor: Vince M. Brennan (submitted 2005-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 84 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. Copyright (c) 2004 by V. M. Brennan

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Title: Yet, sweet, take heed
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 18

Description: Part 2 of Sweet honey-sucking bees

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Original text and translations

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Yet, sweet, take heed, all sweets are hard to get;
Sting not her soft lips, Oh beware of that:
For if one flaming dart come from her eye,
Was never dart so sharp, ah, then you die!