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Three madrigals

Word count: 285

Song Cycle by Garth Baxter (b. 1946)

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1. There is a lady sweet and kind [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): GER

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  • GER German (Deutsch) (Linda Godry) , "War eine Dame so liebenswert und freundlich", copyright © 2007, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


There is a Lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleased my mind;
I did but see her passing by,
And yet [I]1 love her till I die.

Her gesture, motion and her [smiles]2,
Her wit, her voice, my heart [beguiles]3;
[Beguiles]3 my heart, I know not why,
And yet [I]1 love her till I die.

Her free behavior, winning looks,
Will make a Lawyer burn his books;
I touched her not, alas! not I,
And yet [I]1 love her till I die.

[ ... ]
[Cupid is winged and doth range Her country so my love doth change; But change she earth or change she sky, Yet will I love her till I die.]4

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1 Baxter: "I'll"
2 Parry, Purcell: "smile"
3 Parry, Purcell: "beguile"
4 Baxter:
Cupid has wings and he does range;
So if her land my love does change,
But change she earth or change she sky, 
And yet I'll love her till I die.

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2. The silver swan [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

Translation(s): FRE GER

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  • FRE French (Fran├žais) (Dwain Richardson) , "Le cygne argenté", copyright © 2003, (re)printed on this website with kind permission
  • GER German (Deutsch) (Martin Stock) , "Der Silberschwan", copyright © 2001, (re)printed on this website with kind permission


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, O death come close [mine]1 eyes.
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise."


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1 Bachlund, Baxter, Rorem: "my"

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3. Love me not for comely grace [ sung text checked 1 time]

Language: English

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[Love not me for comely grace,]1
For my pleasing eye or [my pleasing]2 face,
Nor for any outward part,
[No,]3 nor for [my]4 constant heart:
  For [these]5 may [fail]6 or turn to ill,
   So [thou]7 and I shall sever:
Keep, therefore, a true [woman's]8 eye,
And love me still but know not why;
  So [hast thou]9 the same reason still
   To [doat upon]10 me ever!


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1 Baxter: "Love me not for comely grace"
2 added by Baxter.
3 omitted by Baxter.
4 Baxter: "a"
5 Head, Wilbye: "those"
6 Wilbye: "fade"
7 Baxter: "you"
8 Baxter: "lover's"
9 Baxter: "you have"
10 Baxter: "dote on"

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