Was ever wretch tormented (Thomas Tomkins)

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  • CPDL #19287:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2009-04-17).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original key. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • CPDL #19288:     
Editor: Diana Thompson (submitted 2009-04-17).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 98 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transposed up a tone, and with minor changes to inner parts. See edition for details. Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.

General Information

Title: Was ever wretch tormented
Composer: Thomas Tomkins

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicings: STTB or SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1622 in Songs of 3-6 parts, no. 12

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Original text and translations

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Was ever wretch tormented
In midst of heaven retiring?
Was ever soul contented
In midst of hellish firing?
Yet I, with flames requited,
Am in my hell delighted,
And in my heavens languish
With pining grief and anguish.