Let not the sluggish sleep (William Byrd)

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  • CPDL #05686:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-10-14).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised Oct 08. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Let not the sluggish sleep
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: AATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 10


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Original text and translations

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Let not the sluggish sleepe
close up thy waking eye,
Untill with judgement deepe
thy daily deedes thou try.
Hee that one sinne in conscience keepes
when he to quiet goes,
More ventrous is then he that sleepes,
With twentie mortall foes.