When shall my wretched life

John Wilbye 1574 (Diss) – 1638 (Colchester)



When shall my wretched life give place to death?
That my sad cares may be enforc’d to leave me.
Come, saddest shadow, stop my vital breath,
For I am thine, then let not care bereave thee
Of thy sad thrall but, with thy fatal dart,
Kill care and me, while care lies at my heart.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Scheme ABABCC
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 282
Words 57
Stanzas 1
Stanza Lengths 6

John Wilbye

John Wilbye (baptized 7 March 1574 – September 1638) was an English madrigal composer. more…

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