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

Part 10 - Airs XX to XXI (of 21 airs).
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XX. PERPLEXED SORE AM I

Perplexed, perplexed sore am I!9[6]
Thine eyes fair love like Phoebus' brightest beams10
Doth set my heart on fire and daze my sight.10
Yet do I live by virtue of those beams,10
For when thy face is hid comes fearful night,10
And I am like to die.6
Then since my eyes cannot endure so heav'nly spark,12
Sweet grant that I may still feel out,
[feel out] my love by dark.12

So shall I, so shall I joyful be.9[6]
Each thing on earth that liveth by the sun10
Would die if he in glory still appear.10
Then let some clouds of pity overrun10
That glorious face, that I with lively cheer10
May stand up before thee;6
Or since my eyes cannot endure so heav'nly spark,12
Sweet grant that I may still feel out,
[feel out] my love by dark.12

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

XX. Perplexed sore am I - Notes, Recordings and Comments

Notes from Edward Doughtie's 'Lyrics From Elizabethan Airs , 1596-1622';

12 die... glorie. Cf. Semele (Ovid, Metamorphoses, III, 259-315).

There are no notes about this song, in Edmund H. Fellowes' English Madrigal Verse.

It seems to me that this poem sound a little like Thomas Campion's work. I would like to look at this further, sometime. I don't know of any recording of this song. - P. T. C.



XXI. Can modest plain desire.


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