Il canto del cigno

Orlando Gibbons (1583 - 1625): The Silver Swan, madrigale a 5 voci (pubblicato in The First Set of Madrigals and Mottets, 1612, n. 1) su testo probabilmente di sir Christopher Hatton (1581 - 1619). The Gesualdo Six.

The Silver Swan, who living had no note,
When death approached, unlocked her silent throat.
Leaning her breast against the reedy shore,
Thus sung her first and last, And sung no more:
«Farewell all joys, O death come close mine eyes.
More geese than swans now live, more fools than wise.»