William Byrd (c.15431623)

Consort Songs

The Byrd Edition 15

for: Voice (mezzo-soprano), 4 viole da gamba


Item no.556015
Author/ComposerWilliam Byrd
EditorPhilip Brett
Scope190 pages; 17.7 × 25.1 cm
Release year1970
Publisher/ProducerStainer & Bell
Producer No.B361
89.05 €
Delivery time approx. 2 weeks.
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The consort song was a genre that Byrd explored without serious disciples or artistic rivals in his time. Even so, his example in this form exercised a profound influence on later generations through its offshoot, the verse anthem. 41 songs are here grouped into four sections: Psalms and spiritual songs; moral songs and ‘sonnets’; elegies; and later songs. Eight more doubtful or spurious compositions are contained in an appendix.


  • Ah, golden hairs
  • An aged dame
  • As Caesar wept
  • Blame I confess
  • By force I live (Doubtful Work)
  • Come, pretty babe
  • Content is rich
  • Crowned with flow’rs and lilies
  • Delight is dead
  • E’en as in seas
  • Britain isle (1612)
  • Have mercy on us, Lord (Psalm 67)
  • He that all earthly pleasure scorns
  • I will not say
  • In angel’s weed (1586)
  • Lord to thee I make my moan (Psalm 130)
  • Methought of late (Doubtful Work)
  • Mount, Hope, above the skies
  • My freedom, ah (I thought that love)
  • My mistress had a little dog (after 1596)
  • O God, but God
  • O Lord within thy tabernacle (Psalm 15)
  • O Lord, bow down
  • O Lord, how vain
  • O that we woeful wretches
  • Out of the orient crystal skies
  • Quis me statim (1592)
  • Rejoice unto the Lord (1586)
  • Sith Death at length
  • Sith that the tree
  • The day delay’d (Doubtful Work)
  • The Lord is my only support (Psalm 23)
  • The man is blest (Psalm 112)
  • Thou poet’s friend
  • Though I be Brown (1608)
  • Triumph with pleasant melody
  • Truce for a time
  • Truth at the first
  • What steps of strife
  • Where the blind
  • While Phoebus us’d to dwell (The noble famous Queen)
  • With lilies white (1608)
  • Wretched Albinus (1601)
  • Ye sacred muses (1585)