Why weeps alas (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25222:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 29 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformating of #15038. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #15038:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2007-09-11).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Listed alphabetically under "Ballets" on external site.

General Information

Title: Why weeps, alas, my lady?
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in First Book of Ballets, no. 20


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Original text and translations

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Why weeps, alas, my lady love and mistress?
Sweetheart, O fear not, what though awhile I leave thee?
My life may fail, but I will not deceive thee.