O fly not, love (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #26061:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-29).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 55 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • CPDL #09253:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: O fly not, love
Composer: Thomas Morley

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1593 in Canzonets to Three Voices, no. 11

Description: This text (originally used by Thomas Bateson) was set to this music (published in Morley's Plaine and Easie Introduction to Practicall Musicke) by Thurston Dart.

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

O fly not, love, O do not fly me,
Stay awhile, but awhile O stay thee,
My darling sweet, O stay thee.
Hear Corydon complaining
His grief through thy disdaining.
O do not thus unfriendly use me,
Nor yet abuse me,
To kiss me once, but once, and so refuse me.