There is a jewel (John Wilbye)

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  • CPDL #24272:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-27).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: There is a jewel
Composer: John Wilbye

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1598 in The Second Set of Madrigals for 3-6 voices, no. 8

Description: A reply to I live, and yet methinks I do not breathe.

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Original text and translations

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There is a jewel, which no Indian mines
Can buy, no chymic art can counterfeit,
It makes men rich in greatest poverty,
Makes water wine; turns wooden cups to gold;
The homely whistle, to sweet music’s strain.
Seldom it comes, to few from Heaven sent,
That much in little, all in nought content.