Who loves a life (John Mundy)

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  • CPDL #25682:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-03-03).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 44 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: In original key. Transcribed from the facsimile edition, with the Superius and Medius parts set for Soprano, and Contratenor for Alto. MusicXML source file(s) is (are) in compressed .mxl format.

General Information

Title: Who loves a life
Composer: John Mundy

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Songs and Psalmes, no. 30


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Original text and translations

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Who loves a life devoid of quiet rest,
And seeks content in dens of cruel care;
Who most triumphs, when most he is opprest,
And weens him free, when fast he is in snare;
Who in the sweet doth find the sourest tast,
His life is love, his food is vain repast.