Sister awake! (Thomas Bateson)

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Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2010-01-05).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 79 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Sister awake!
Composer: Thomas Bateson

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella
Published: 1604

Description: From the First Set of English Madrigales: to 3, 4, 5 & 6 voices (1604). Bateson was at that time organist of Chester Cathedral.

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Original text and translations

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Sister, awake, close not your eyes,
The day her light discloses,
And the bright morning doth arise,
Out of her bed of roses.
See, the clear sun, the world's bright eye,
In at our window peeping,
Lo, how he blusheth to espy
Us idle wenches sleeping.
Therefore, awake, make haste, I say,
And let us without staying,
All in our gowns of green so gay,
Into the park amaying.