William Byrd

(1543 - 1623 / England)

William Byrd
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English composer, born in London in 1542 or 1543; died 4 July, 1623.
He was the son of a musician, and studied music principally under Thomas Tallis. He became organist at Lincoln Cathedral in 1563, chorister in the Chapel Royal in 1570, and in 1575 received the title of "Organist of the Chapel Royal" without being obliged to perform the functions of that office.

Byrd was the most distinguished contrapuntist and the most prolific composer of his time in England. Fétis calls him the English Palestrina. He was the first Englishman to write madrigals, a form which originated in Italy in the thirteenth century, and received its highest development in the sixteenth ... more »

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  • dalene(5/30/2018 12:22:00 PM)

    quite good, but needs to improve a bit, though the poems are soooooooooooo good.....
    thanks a lot for also teaching me new things

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  • Sami Amusan(1/2/2008 10:08:00 AM)

    can u please take a look at some of my poems it would be much appreciated im only 13 and no one looks at them

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Best Poem of William Byrd

The Faithless Shepherdess

WHILE that the sun with his beams hot
   Scorched the fruits in vale and mountain,
Philon the shepherd, late forgot,
   Sitting beside a crystal fountain
   In shadow of a green oak tree,
   Upon his pipe this song play'd he:
Adieu, Love, adieu, Love, untrue Love!
Untrue Love, untrue Love, adieu, Love!
Your mind is light, soon lost for new love.

So long as I was in your sight
   I was your heart, your soul, your treasure;
And evermore you sobb'd and sigh'd ...

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