William Byrd studied music with Thomas Tallis and held positions at Lincoln Cathedral (where he was organist) and at court. He was a gentleman of the Chapel Royal (1569) and subsequently organist to Queen Elizabeth.
A gratification unto Master John Case. 1586-88.
Psalmes, sonets and songs of sadnes and pietie. 1588.
Songs of sundrie natures, some of gravitie and others of myrth. 1589.
Psalmes, songs and sonnets: some solemne, others joyfull, framed to the life of the words. 1611.