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What is life

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By William Byrd

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Choir, SSA - Early Intermediate - Digital Download
Composed by William Byrd (1540-1623). Arranged by Jeffrey Richard Carter. Renaissance, Repertoire, Classroom. Octavo. 4 pages. Published by Jeffrey Richard Carter (S0.938761).

Item Number: S0.938761

A somber SSAA work by William Byrd, with editorial markings by the arranger. Suitable for high school treble or collegiate choruses.  Try pairing with something like a fa-la-la madrigal for a little diptych of contrast.

The text:

What is life, or worldly plea-sure?
What is wealth or golden treasure?
What is grace or Princes' smiling? 

What are all in one combined,
which divided so displease? 

Apish toys, and vain delights,
mind's unrest and soul's disease. 

Seeming shadows quickly slid-ing.
Borrowed fortune never biding.
Hopéd honor, time beguiling.
What are all in one combined
which divided so displease?

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