Ah, alas, you salt sea gods (Richard Farrant)

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  • CPDL #09653:      (Finale 2000)
Editor: Sabine Cassola (submitted 2005-09-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Copyright (c) 2003 SMC

General Information

Title: Ah, alas, you salt sea gods
Composer: Richard Farrant

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments:
First published: 1580 in Dow Partbooks, no. 106-107

Description: composer is possibly Robert Parsons

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Original text and translations

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Ah, ah, alas, you salt sea gods!
bow down your ears divine;
Lend ladies here warm water springs
to moist their crystal eune.
That they may weep and wail
and wring their hands with me
For death of lord and husband mine:
alas, alas, alas, alas, lo, this is he! alas a he!
You gods! that guide the ghosts
and souls of them that fled,
Send sobs, send sighs, send grievous groans,
and strike poor Panthea dead.
Abradad, Abradad, ah, ah, alas poor Abradad!
my sprite with thine shall lie.
Come, death, alas.
O death most sweet, for now I crave to die.