Biography of Thomas Bateson
Thomas Bateson, Batson or Betson (c. 1570 – 1630) was an English writer of madrigals in the early 17th century.
He is said to have been organist of Chester Cathedral in 1599, and is believed to have been the first musical graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. He served as Vicar Choral and organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin from 1609 until his death. He is known to have written church music, but only one of his anthems has survived, a seven-voice composition entitled "Holy, Lord God Almighty". His fame rests on madrigals, which give him an important place among Elizabethan composers. He published a set of madrigals in 1604 and a second set in 1618, and both collections have been reprinted in recent years. He died in 1630.
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Thomas Bateson Poems
Love Is The Fire
Love is the fire that burns me, The smokes are thoughts confused, Which dim my soul, my soul, And hath my sense abused.
Sister, Awake! Close Not Your Eyes
Sister, awake! close not your eyes, The day her light discloses; And the bright morning doth arise Out of her bed of roses.
I Heard a Noise and Wishèd for a Sight
I heard a noise and wishèd for a sight, I looked for life and did a shadow see Whose substance was the sum of my delight,
Phyllis, farewell, I may no longer live;
Yet if I die, fair Phyllis, I forgive.
I live too long; come, gentle death and end
My endless torment, or my grief amend.