I always beg (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24285:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SSTTB version. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #24284:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-28).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: I always beg
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The First Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 16

Description: 1st part of a two-part madrigal, the 2nd part being Thus love commands.

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Original text and translations

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I always beg, yet never am relieved,
I grieve, because my griefs are not believed.
I cry aloud in vain, my voice outstretched,
And get but this, mine echo calls me wretched!