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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.

to althea, from prison
When Love with unconfined wings
Hovers within my gates,
And my divine Althea brings... [read poem]
song to amarantha, that she would dishevel her hair
Amarantha sweet and fair
Ah braid no more that shining hair!
As my curious hand or eye... [read poem]
a ritual to read to each other
If you don't know the kind of person I am
and I don't know the kind of person you are
a pa... [read poem]
sister, awake! close not your eyes
Sister, awake! close not your eyes,
The day her light discloses;
And the bright mornin... [read poem]
to lucasta, going to the wars
Tell me not (Sweet) I am unkind,
That from the nunnery
Of thy chaste breast and quie... [read poem]
the discovery of daily experience
It is a whisper. You turn somewhere,
hall, street, some great even: the stars
or the ligh... [read poem]
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