Arise, awake (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25218:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-24).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 48 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reforamtting of #15064, with corrections. Revised files uploaded 23/01/17. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #15064:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 85 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Arise, awake
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in The Triumphs of Oriana, no. 13


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Original text and translations

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Arise, awake, awake,
You silly shepherds sleeping;
Devise some honour for her sake
By mirth to banish weeping.
See where she comes, lo where,
In gaudy green arraying,
A prince of beauty rich and rare for her delighting
Pretends to go a-maying.
You stately nymphs draw near
And strew your paths with roses;
In you her trust reposes.
Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana:
Long live fair Oriana.