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The First Booke of Songes and Ayres - 1600 [21 pieces]
Composed by Robert Jones

Part 8 - Airs XVI to XVIII (of 21 airs).
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XVII. THAT HEART, WHEREIN ALL SORROWS

1. That heart, wherein all sorrows doth abound, 10
2. Lies in this breast and cries aloud for death. 10
3. O blame not her when I am underground.[or,] 10
4. That scorning wished, that scorning wished, that scorning wished t'out live my panting breath. 10
5. O do not her despise,
6. But let my death suffice, but let my death suffice 12
7. To make all young men wise. 6

8. My loving hopes prolonged my loathed life, 10
9. Till that my life grew loathsome to my loved; 10
10. Till Death and I were at no longer strife, 10
11. And I was glad, and I was glad, and I was glad my death her wish approved, 10
12. O let her not be shent,
13. Yet let my precedent, yet let my precedent 12
14. Make womans' hearts relent. 6

Source ; The English School of Lutenist Song-Writers Series 2, volume 4. The first booke of songes and ayres, 1600. Stainer & Bell (1959).

XVII. That heart, wherein all sorrows - Notes, Recordings and Comments

I don't know of any recording of this song.
There are no notes about this song in Edward Doughtie's 'Lyrics From Elizabethan Airs , 1596-1622'.
Edmund H. Fellowes in English Madrigal Verse writes that 'shent' on line 12 means 'punished'. - P. T. C.



XVIII. WHAT IF I SEEK FOR LOVE OF THEE

What if I seek for love of thee,
shall I find beauty kind
to desert that still shall dwell in mee.
But if I sue and live forlorne,
then alasse never was
any wretch to more misfourtune borne.
Though thy lookes have charmed mine eies,
I can forbeare to love.
but if ever sweete desire
set my wofull hart on fire
then can I never remove.

Frowne not on me unlesse thou hate,
For thy frowne cast me downe
To despaire of my most haplesse state:
Smile not on me unlesse thou love,
For thy smile, will beguile
My desires if thou unsteedfast prove:
If thy needs wilt bend thy browes,
A while refraine my dear,
But if thou wilt smile on me,
Let it not delayed be,
Comfort is never too neare.

Source ; The Muses Gardin: Lute Songs by Robert Jones' by Emma Kirkbe and Anthony Rooley (1991), Virgin Classics.

XVIII. What if I seek for love of thee - Notes, Recordings and Comments

"Another copy of this song occurs in British Museum MS 15117, (after 1614) fol. 22v, ... "

A recording of this song is on the CD 'The Muses Gardin: Lute Songs by Robert Jones' by Emma Kirkbe and Anthony Rooley (1991), on Virgin Classics. This is the only CD, I know of, that is dedicated entirely to the music of Robert Jones.

Another recording of this song is on the CD; Lie Down, Poor Heart English Lutesongs & Folk Ballads - Daniel Taylor (countertenor) and Sylvain Bergron (lute) on Dorian Recordings 2000, DOR-90287, Troy, New York 12180 USA www:http://www.Dorian.com

Another recording of this song is on the CD; English Lute Songs Chloris Sigh'd by Mamiko Hirai (soprano) and Kenji Sano (lute), Recorded at Gifu at Salamanca Hall, Japan, September, 2000. AEolian Records, 2001, AEO-518. Tokyo, Japan.

Yet a recording of this song is on the LP; Dowland: Consort Music - Music With Her Silver Sound by The English Consort - Anthony Rooley, dir. (lute) Martyn Hill ((tenor), English Consort (viols)
Campion's 'Turn back you wanton flyer' is also on the LP.
Production date - 1971 - Turnabout 34443 (LP)
For more on this LP go to Early Music FAQ at - http://www.medieval.org/emfaq/cds/vox34443.htm



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