William Byrd (c.15431623)

Songs of Sundrie Natures

The Byrd Edition 13

for: Mixed choir a cappella


Item no.771290
Author/ComposerWilliam Byrd
EditorDavid Mateer
Scope312 pages; 17.7 × 25.4 cm
Year of origin1589
Release year2004
Publisher/ProducerStainer & Bell
Producer No.B375
102.90 €
Delivery time approx. 2 weeks.
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Published in 1589, following the successful issue of Psalmes, Sonets and Songs the previous year, Songs of Sundrie Natures is a more diverse collection than its predecessor. Though the contents include one consort song in its original form, they contain a relative dearth of adaptations of this genre for unaccompanied voices. In contrast, there is arguably a higher percentage of recently composed works and ‘sundrie’ material, including two carols, the very fine verse anthem Christ rising again, and two chanson-like pieces, Susanna fair and The Nightingale, probably written in ‘friendly aemulation’ with Ferrabosco.


  • An earthly tree a heavenly fruit (SS and Viols)
  • And as the pleasant morning dew (the second part) (SATTTB)
  • And think ye nymphs? (the first part) (SATTB)
  • Attend mine humble prayer (STT)
  • Behold how good a thing (the first part) (SATTTB)
  • Boy pity me (the second part) (SATB)
  • But when by proof they find (the second part) (SAT)
  • Cast off all doubtful care (Chorus of An earthly tree a heavenly fruit) (SATB and optional Viols)
  • Christ is risen again (the second part) (SSTTTB and Viols)
  • Christ rising again (the first part) (SSTTTB and Viols)
  • Compel the hawk to sit (SATTB)
  • From Citheron the warlike boy (the first part) (SATT)
  • From depth of sin (STT)
  • From virgin’s womb this day did spring (Voice (A) and Viols)
  • Her breath is more sweet (the second part) (SATTB)
  • I thought that love had been a boy (SAATB)
  • If in thine heart (SATTTB)
  • If love be just (the third part) (SATT)
  • Is love a boy? (the first part) (SATB)
  • Lord hear my prayer (STT)
  • Lord in thy rage (STT)
  • Lord in thy wrath (STT)
  • Love is a fit of pleasure (the second part) (SSATTB)
  • Love would discharge (the second part) (SATBB)
  • O dear life when may it be? (STTBB)
  • O God which art most merciful (STT)
  • O Lord my God (ATTB)
  • Of gold all burnished (the first part) (SATTB)
  • Penelope that longed (SATTB)
  • Rejoice, rejoice (Chorus of From virgin’s womb this day did spring) (SSAA and optional Viols)
  • Right blest are they (STT)
  • See those sweet eyes (the first part) (SATBB)
  • Susanna fair (SAT)
  • The greedy hawk (STT)
  • The nightingale so pleasant (SAT)
  • Then for a boat his quiver (the second part) (SAT)
  • There careless thoughts are freed (the second part) (SATT)
  • Unto the hills mine eyes I lift (SATTBB)
  • Upon a summer’s day (the first part) (SAT)
  • Weeping full sore (SATTB)
  • When first by force (SATTB)
  • When I was otherwise (SATTB)
  • When younglings first on Cupid (the first part) (SAT)
  • While that the sun (SATT)
  • Who made thee Hob forsake the plough? (SS and Viols)
  • Wounded I am (the first part) (SATB)
  • Yet of us twain (the second part) (SATB)