What needeth all this travail (John Wilbye)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-10-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 31 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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Editor: Robin Doveton (submitted 2009-01-31).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 145 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Transposed down a tone. This version also includes the 2nd part, O fools! can you not see.

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Title: What needeth all this travail?
Composer: John Wilbye

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1598

Description: No. 7 from The 1st Set of Madrigals. 1st part of a two-part madrigal, the 2nd part being O fools! can you not see.

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Original text and translations

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What needeth all this travail and turmoiling
Shortening the life's pleasure
To seek this far-fetched treasure
In those hot climates under Phoebus broiling?