I saw my lovely Phillis (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25237:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-29).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Based on #15000, with corrections. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #15000:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: Letter, 6 pages, 68 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: On external site, listed alphabetically under "Ballets".
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General Information

Title: I saw my lovely Phillis
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in First Book of Ballets, no. 8


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Original text and translations

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1. I saw my lovely Phillis,
 Laid on a bank of lilies.
 Fa la la.
 But when herself alone she there espieth,
 On me she smileth, and home away she flieth.
 Fa la la.

2. Why flies my best beloved,
 From me her love approved.
 Fa la la.
 See, see what I have here, fine sweet musk roses,
 To deck that bosom, where love herself reposes.
 Fa la la.