Ye sacred muses (William Byrd)

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General Information

Title: Ye sacred muses
Composer: William Byrd

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella

Description: Elegy for Thomas Tallis

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Original text and translations

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Ye sacred Muses, race of Jove,
whom Music's lore delighteth,
Come down from crystal heav'ns above
to earth where sorrow dwelleth,
In mourning weeds, with tears in eyes:
Tallis is dead, and Music dies.