When first by force (William Byrd)
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2004-12-10). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 93 kB Copyright: CPDL
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Title: When first by force
Composer: William Byrd
Original text and translations
When first by force of fatal destenie,
from Carthage towne the Troian knight dyd sayle,
Queene Dido fayre, with wofull weeping eye,
his strange depart did grevously bewaile,
And when no sighes nor teares could ease her smart,
with sword ful sharp, she pearst her tender hart.