Clorinda false (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25157:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-15).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 45 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #14990. This edition standardises on "thus" in the underlay of bars 51-70, rather than a mixture of "thus" and "so". Revised files uploaded 29/01/17. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #14990:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Clorinda false
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 2


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Original text and translations

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“Clorinda false, adieu thy love torments me;
Let Thyrsis have thy heart, since he contents thee.
O grief and bitter anguish,
for thee I languish.
fain I alas would hide it.
O but who can abide it?
I can, I cannot I abide it.
Adieu, adieu, adieu then,
farewell leave me, death now desiring,
thou hast, lo, thy requiring.”

Thus spake Philistus, on his hook relying,
and sweetly, sweetly, sweetly fell adying.