Fraile man, despise the treasures of this life (John Bull)

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  • CPDL #02002:         
Editor: Stuart McIntosh (submitted 2001-01-23).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Fraile man, despise the treasures of this life
Composer: John Bull

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

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Original text and translations

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Fraile man despise the treasures of this life,
Earth's wealth is want, joy sorrow, peace and strife.
Dame Fortune's bitter sweetes doe not affect,
Her happiest state's unworthy thy respect.
For like as Jonah's gourd, even in a night
Springs up and dies againe this world's delight.