The Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols - William Byrd (1543-1623) - My Mistress Had a Little DogMy mistress had a little dogWhose name was Pretty RoyalWho neither hunted sheep nor hogBut was without denialA tumbler fine that might be seenTo wait upon a fairy queen.Upon his mistress he would waitIn courteous wise and humble,And with his craft and false deceit,When she would have him tumble,Of coneys in the pleasant prime,He would kill twenty at a time.The goddess which Diana hightAmong her beagles daintyHad not a hound so fair and whiteNor gracéd with such beauty;And yet his beauty was not such,But his conditions were as rich.But out, alas! I'll speak no more.My heart with grief doth shake;This pretty dog was wounded soreEv'n for his mistress' sake:A beastly man or manly beastKnocked out his brains and so I rest.A trial royal! a trial! Oyez! Oyez!Ye hounds and beagles all,If ye sat in Appleton Hall,Would you not judge that out of doubtTyburn were fit for such a lout?Filmed March 29th, 2009 at the Early Music Series at the Byron Colby Barn, Grayslake, IL. Audio Recording by Free Chin, Choice Media Design, Chicago, IL. This video content is Copyright © 2009/ 2010 the Spirit of Gambo - a Chicago Consort of Viols and appears here on the GambaCast by permission. For more information on the Spirit of Gambo, visit http://www.spiritofgambo.org/. To subscribe to the 'Viols in Our Schools' GambaCast, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ and for more information on Viols in Our Schools & Doctor Phillip W. Serna, please visit http://www.violsinourschools.org/. For feedback, please email email@example.com. Please submit a review in the iTunes store at http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=279089596. Visit the online store to support future outreach activities at http://www.cafepress.com/violadagamba. ‘Viols in Our Schools’ and the GambaCast is Copyright © 2008/ 2009 Dr. Phillip W. Serna. For more information, visit http://www.thegambacast.org/ & http://www.violsinourschools.org/.
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