Poor is the life (Michael East)

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  • (Posted 2019-01-01)   CPDL #52764:       
Editor: Andrew Sims (submitted 2019-01-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 99 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Poor is the life
Composer: Michael East

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella



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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Poor is the life that misses
the lover's greatest treasure,
innumerable kisses,
which end in endless pleasure.

O, then, if this be so,
shall I a virgin die?
Fie, no, no, no!

German.png German translation

Wie armselig ist das Leben
ohne der Liebenden größter Schatz,
die unzähligen Küsse
die in endlosem Vergnügen enden.

Alsdann, wenn es so ist,
soll ich als Jungfer sterben?
Oh nein!