Trust not too much

Written for five voices – two sopranos, two tenors and a bass – Trust not too much is a secular madrigal written in 1612 at the end of the great period of English Madrigal composition which had gripped the second half of the 16th Century. Orlando Gibbon’s timeless madrigal, now over 400 years old, still has the power to hit the heart, release the soul and level the ego in one all in encompassing take on time and its fleeting fleetingness.

Trust not too much, fair youth, unto thy feature;
Be not enamoured of thy blushing, blushing hue.
Be gamesome whilst thou art a goodly creature;
The flow’rs will fade that in thy garden grew.
Sweet violets are gather’d in their spring,
white primit falls withouten pitying.