Now must I die recureless (Thomas Morley)

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General Information

Title: Now must I die recureless
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SST
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Canzonets to Three Voices, no. 13

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Original text and translations

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Now must I die, alas, recureless,
When faith is thus regarded,
And poor Love, alas, unkindly is thus rewarded.
O grief, alas, O who may abide it?
Hold out, break not heart, O hide it.
O Nature cruel, witty,
Beauty so to make sans pity.
Farewell, adieu, with this your love unfeigned;
I die alas, through your disdain constrained.
O grief; beauty and no, no pity.
Farewell, adieu, with this your love unfeigned;
I die alas, through your disdain constrained.