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This is Orlando Gibbons' (1583-1625) most famous madrigal, from an original poem by Gibbons' musical patron, Sir Christopher Hatton (some say). The lyrics present the legend that swans only sing, just before they die. This is also thought of as a metaphor for the decline of the madrigal style of music, as the late Elizabethan era comes to an end.

Sung by the Cambridge Singers in the Gurt Lush style!