O wretched man! why lov'st thou earthly life (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24464:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-13).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 51 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a minor third. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: O wretched man! why lov'st thou earthly life
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSAATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1609

Description: No. 27 from The 2nd Set of Madrigals.

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Original text and translations

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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.