English Madrigals for Choir Compilation

English Madrigals for Choir Compilation

A collection of English Madrigals for Choirs.

1.   Morley  -  Now is the Month of Maying

Morley, Thomas

Now is the month of maying, when merry lads are playing
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la
Each with his bonnie lass, a-dancing on the grass
Fa la la la la la la la la, fa la la la la la la

Now is the Month of Maying

2.   Dowland  -  Come Again, Sweet Love

Dowland, John

Come again!
Sweet love doth now invite
Thy graces that refrain
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.

Come Again, Sweet Love

3.   Gibbons  -  The Silver Swan

Gibbons, Orlando

The silver swan, who living had no note,
When death approached, unlocked her silent throat;
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sung her first and last, and sung no more:
Farewell, all joys; Oh death, come close mine eyes;
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.

The Silver Swan

4.   Bennet  -  Weep O Mine Eyes (Madrigal)

Bennet, John

Weep, O mine eyes and cease not,
alas, these your spring tides methinks increase not.
O when begin you
to swell so high that I may drown me in you?

Weep O Mine Eyes (Madrigal)

5.   Wilbye  -  Draw On Sweet Night

Wilbye, John

Draw on, sweet Night, best friend unto those cares
That do arise from painful melancholy;
My life so ill through want of comfort fares,
That unto thee I consecrate it wholly.

Draw On Sweet Night

6.   Weelkes  -  Since Robin Hood

Weelkes, Thomas

Since Robin Hood, Maid Marian,
And Little John are gone-a
The hobby horse was quite forgot,
When Kemp did dance alone-a
He did labor
After the tabor.
For to dance,
Then into France.
He took pains to skip it
In hope of gains. He did trip it
On the toe,
Diddle diddle diddle doe.

Since Robin Hood

7.   Wilbye  -  Adieu Sweet Amaryllis

Wilbye, John

Adieu sweet amaryllis
For since to part your will is
Adieu sweet amaryllis

Oh heavy tiding
For me there is no biding

Yet, once again
Ere that I part from you
Amaryllis, sweet adieu

Adieu Sweet Amaryllis

8.   Morley  -  Though Philomela Lost Her Love

Morley, Thomas

Though Philomela lost her love,
fresh note she warbleth yes! again;
Fa la la la.
He is a fool that lovers prove:
and leaves to sing, to live in pain.
Fa la la la

Though Philomela Lost Her Love

9.   Weelkes  -  Strike it up, tabor

Weelkes, Thomas

Strike it up, Tabor,
And pipe us a favour!
Thou shalt be well-paid for thy labour.
I mean to spend my shoe-sole
To dance about the may-pole!
I will be blithe and brisk,
Leap and skip,
Hop and trip,
Turn about
In the rout,
Until the weary joints can scarce frisk!

Strike it up, tabor

10.   Morley  -  Fyer, Fyer!

Morley, Thomas

Fyer, fyer! My heart! O, I burn me! Alas! Fa la la la la.
O help, alas! Ay me, I sit and cry me
And call for help, but none comes nigh me. Fa la la la la.
I burn, alas! Ay me, will none come quench me?
O cast water on and drench me! Fa la la la la.

Fyer, Fyer!

11.   Tomkins  -  See, See the Shepherds' Queen

Tomkins, Thomas

See, see, the shepherds queen
Fair Phyllis all in green
(fa la la)
The shepherds home her bringing
With piping and with singing
(fa la la)
Then dance we on row
And chant it as we go
(fa la la)

See, See the Shepherds' Queen

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