Gently falls the evening shade (Luca Marenzio)

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General Information

Title: Gently falls the evening shade
Composer: Luca Marenzio
Lyricist: Philip Latimer

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1881 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 14, no. 407

Description: This is a contrafactum of Marenzio's madrigal, Dissi a l'amata mia lucida stella, with one or two minor changes.

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Original text and translations

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Gently falls the evening shade,
Veiling earth and sky.
O come, sweet night, that can persuade
The love that day doth still deny.
Then stay! O lady, stay and hear me,
Ah! do not fear me.