O wretched man! why lov'st thou earthly life (John Wilbye)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-13). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 51 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: O wretched man! why lov'st thou earthly life
Composer: John Wilbye
Description: No. 27 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals.
Original text and translations
O wretched man! Why lov’st thou earthly life?
Which nought enjoys but cares and endless trouble;
What pleasure here, but breeds a world of grief?
What hour’s ease, that anguish doth not double;
No earthly joys, but have their discontents;
Then loathe that life, which causeth such laments.