When others sing 'Venite exultemus' (John Dowland)

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General Information

Title: When others sings Venite exultemus (Third part)
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

Published: 1600 in Second Book of Songs or Ayres, No VIII.)

Description: Third part of three. The perhaps confusing text is a fragment of a longer, anonymous poem that glorifies Anglicanism, and, more specifically, Queen Elizabeth. (i.e., "Eliza"). The Latin fragments are either Psalm titles or parts of prayers.

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Original text and translations

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When others sing Venite exultemus, [1]
Stand by and turn to Noli aemulari, [2]
For Quare fremuerunt [3] use Oremus; [4]
Vivat Eliza [5] for an Ave Maria, [6]
And teach those swains that live about thy cell,
To say Amen when thou dost pray so well.

[1] "Come, let us rejoice."
[2] The title of Psalm 36. Literally, "Seek not to envy."
[3] The title of Psalm 2. Literally, "Wherefore do they shout/disturb."
[4] "Let us pray."
[5] (Long) "Live Eliza" (Queen Elizabeth)
[6] "Hail Mary"