Hard destinies are love and beauty parted (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24346:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-04).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 78 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Title: Hard destinies are love and beauty parted
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 22.

Description: 2nd part of a 2-part madrigal; the 1st part is Down in a valley as Alexis trips

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Original text and translations

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Hard destinies are love and beauty parted,
Fair Daphne so disdainful!
Cupid, thy shafts are too unjustly darted;
Fond love, thy wounds are painful:
But sith my lovely jewel
Is prov’d so coy and cruel,
I’ll live and frolic in her beauty’s treasure,
But languish, faint, and die in her displeasure.