Michael East
(c.1580 - 1648)

How merrily we live
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From East's second set of madrigals, pub. 1606. This piece is also available for S.S.A.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

How merrily we live that shepherds be:
Roundelays still we sing with merry glee
On the pleasant downs, where as our flocks we see.
We feel no cares, we fear not fortune's frowns;
We have no envy which sweet mirth confounds.