Go back to 'The Complete Works Of Robert Jones'.
Return to ' this Philip Rosseter and Robert Jones web site's primary page '.
Go back to ' The Phreap Site '.

Return to ' The First Booke 1600, Part 1 - Airs I to III'.
Return to 'The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres 1601, Part 1 - Airs I to ?
Return to 'The Third Booke 1605, Part 1 - Airs I to IV'.
Go to Jones' only madrigal book 'The First Set of Madrigals' 1607.
Advance to 'The fifth booke of ayers, 1610' - the 1st half of the book which was firstly posted in March 1, 2009,

Get into 'The life of Robert Jones'. Find the Life of Philip Rosseter

Go to ' The Complete Works Of Philip Rosseter - Part 3a. - Works of Philip Rosseter found only in Manuscripts' &
Part 3b. - Philip Rosseter; The Arranger of Thomas Campion's Songs

A page about Thomas Morley.'s 'Triumphs Of Oriana'. My page on the Works of Richard Allison.
To Francis Pilkington's Life , Pilkington's Works or Pilkington's Lyrics


- In cerebration of the 400 year anniversary of publication -
A Musical Dreame or the Fourth Booke of Ayres 1609

Composed by Robert Jones [21 pieces]

A musicall dreame. or the fourth booke of ayres the first art is for lute two voyces, and the viole de gambo; the second part is for the lute, the viole and foure voices to sing; the third part is for one voyce alone, or to the lute, the basse viole, or to both if you please, whereof, two are Italian ayres ...

Imprinted by the assignes of William Barley, and are to be solde in Powles Church-yeard, at the signe of the crowne. 1609.

Robert Iones


Part 1 - Title, Dedication & To the Reader, Airs I to II.

Advance to 'Part 2 - Airs III to VII.'
III. Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart
IV. Will Said to His Mammy
V. Hark! Wot Ye What?
VI. My Complaining Is But Feigning
VII. On a Time in Summer Season

Advance to'Part 3 - Airs VIII to XI.
Advance to 'Part 4 - Airs XII to XVII.'
Advance to 'Part 5 - Airs XVIII to XXI.



Under Construction.
This is an unfinished page that I hope to edit sometime in the future.

Written & compiled by Patrick T. Connolly,
This page was written, compiled & revised on May 9, 2004 & April 15, 2009.
Updated - November 14, 21 & 22 & 23, & December 6 (this 1st update posted), 2009.
First posted as Part 1 April 15, 2009 - this page is just thrown up quickly and may be divided into smaller Parts.
This is the 400 year anniversary of this booke and I hope to get a little bit of work done on these pages and playing some of its music in cerebration.



TO THE RIGHT WORSHIPFVLL AND WORTHY Gentleman, Sir Iohn Levinthorpe Knight
perpetuall Happinesse and content.

It is not unknown to your well deserving self, ...

Robert Iones.


To All Musicall Murmures,
This greeting.

Thou, whose eare itches with the varietie of opinion, ... I have stood at thine elbow, and heard thee propfane even Musickes best note ...
if all this paines reape not good commendations, and it is water wrung out of a Flint in thee, sin?th thou never think it well of any, and wert in thy selfe so unskilfull ever, as thy Tutor from the first bowre could never make thee sing in Tune; ...

... hold yourself from further carping.




E. H. Fellowes writes in "The Text of the Song Books of Robert Jones" (Music & Letters 1927) that "A Musical Dreame"is easily the most carelessly produced book in the whole series, ..."
Publishing History


I think of the 4th booke (A Musicall Dreame by Robert Jones) as the Shakespeare Booke - I will list three hints that link Shakespeare to this Booke. (I read some of these passages a long ago but I can not find the place I read them quickly. I hope to locate them some day.)

Point 1. - In Robert Jones' 'The Fourth Booke of Ayres 1609, song VIII., Farewell, fond youth' is a parody of the "Farewell dear loue" that we know has some association with Shakespeare since he quoted it.

Point 2. - In Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale" (maybe it is) there is a producer's note that says the Robin Hood song goes here and since XIX. In Sherwood lived stout Robin Hood was the only Robin Hood song published around that time this fact has lead people to speculate, that this could be the song that Shakespeare wrote. The song 'In Sherwood lived stout Robin Hood' has a beautiful lyric that is worthy of Shakespeare.

A recording of this song is on the CD 'Shakespeare's England' by James Griffett (2002), on Griffin. It is on track #11 which is a "Robin Hood sequence" of 4 songs about Robin Hood; two of which have a solid connections to Shakespeare. At least James Griffett is not afraid to associate the song with Shakespeare.

Point 3. A discovery of mine is that on The Table listing the ayres of this 4th booke we find the "Double AA Headpiece". Some people take this as a mark of Shakespeare.
It is found on the Table page of this Booke 4

We can find this "Double AA Headpiece" printed in four of Shakespeare's bookes that were published in Shakespeare's lifetime;

It is printed on the dedication page to Henry Wriothesly, Earl of Southampton in the 1594 edition of "Venus & Adonis"
It is printed in the Quarto edition of 1602 of "The Tragedie of King Richard The Third"
It is printed in the Quarto edition of 1604 of "The Tragedie of Hamlet Prince of Denmark" .
It is printed on the First Page of "the Sonnets" which were printed in 1609.

- August 15, 20 & 27, 2018, Patrick T. Connolly.



A Musicall dreame or the Fourth Booke of Ayres, Recording History

Since the CD 'A Musical Dreame' by Michael Chance, David Cordier, Erin Headley, Stephen Stubbs & Andrew Lawrence-King covered a half the songs of this booke, and the CD 'The Muses Gardin: Lute Songs by Robert Jones' by Emma Kirkbe and Anthony Rooley (1991) covered another 3, more songs from this Booke have been recorded and released on CDs, LPs & 78s than any other Books of Robert Jones's.

A recording of this song is on the CD 'A Musical Dreame' by Michael Chance, David Cordier, Erin Headley, Stephen Stubbs & Andrew Lawrence-King (Released 09/05/1990), on Tragicomedia & Hyperion #66335.

I. Though Your Strangeness Frets My Heart (Campian)
II. Sweet Kate
III. Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart
IV. Will Said to His Mammy
V. Hark! Wot Ye What?
VI. My Complaining Is But Feigning
VII. On a Time in Summer Season
VIII. Farewell, Fond Youth
XIV. Grief of My Best Love's Absenting
XI. And Is It Night?
XX. Ite caldi sospiri (Petrarch) (Another recording of this song is on the CD 'The Muses Gardin: Lute Songs by Robert Jones' by Kirkbe and Rooley (1991))

Recordings of these three song are on the CD 'The Muses Gardin: Lute Songs by Robert Jones' by Emma Kirkbe and Anthony Rooley (1991), on Virgin Classics. Rooley treats these song together as a trilogy;

XV. If in this flesh
XVI. O thread of life
XVII. When I sit reading

A recording of this song is on the CD 'Shakespeare's England' by James Griffett (2002), on Griffin;

XIX. In Sherwood lived stout Robin Hood

Thus leaving these six songs unrecorded - as I do not know of any recordings of these song. I do not think they are available on CD, MD, LP, 45 or 78;

IX. How should I show my love?
X. 0 he is gone
XII. She hath an eye
XIII. I know not what (Cf. Petrarch CXXXII (Sonnet102), the first lines of which arc set in No. XXI [S'amor non e])
XVIII. Fain Would I speek
XXI. S'amor non e

A Musical Dreame

Hyperion #66335 , Released 09/05/90
Composers; 11 Songs from A Musical Dreame or the Fourth Booke of Ayres 1609 by Robert Jones, 2 songs by John Dowland, 4 songs by Giles Farnaby, 3 songs by Tobias Hume, 1 madrigal by John Cooper (Coperario) and 1 song by Angelo Notari.
Performers Michael Chance (COUNTER TENOR) David Cordier (COUNTER TENOR) Erin Headley (BASS VIOLA DA GAMBA) Stephen Stubbs (LUTE) Andrew Lawrence-King (HARP)
Conductor Stephen Stubbs / Tragicomedia
http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=43:92447




I. THOUGH YOUR STRANGENESS FRETS MY HEART

1
Though your strangenes frets my heart,
Yet must I not complaine,
You perswade me tis but Art,
Which secret loue must faine,
If another you affect,
Tis but a toy to auoide suspect,
Is this faire excusing,
O no, all is abusing.
2
When you wisht sight I desire,
Suspition you pretend,
Causlesse you your selfe retire,
Whilst I in vaine attend,
Thus a louer as you say,
Still made more eager by delay,
Is this faire excusing,
O no, all is abusing.
3
When another holds your hand,
Youle sweare I hold your heart,
Whilst my riuall close doth stand,
And I sit farre apart,
I am neerer yet then they,
Hid in your bosome as you say,
Is this faire excusing,
O no, all is abusing.
4
Would a riuall then I were,
Some else your secret friend,
So much lesser should I feare,
And not so much attend,
Then enioy you euery one,
Yet must I seeme your friend alone,
Is this faire excusing,
O no, all is abusing.

Source ; A site created by Harald Lillmeyer. Mr. Lillmeyer typed the text from a facsimile on the 1609 booke and preserved the original spelling.
This site can be found at; http://kulturserver-bayern.de/home/harald-lillmeyer/Texte/Downloads/Downloads.html

I. Though your strangeness - Notes, Recordings and Comments

The words are by Thomas Campian
Read my essay; "Robert Jones' Association with Thomas Campion". - P. T. C.

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

"Campion ... his Second Booke of Ayres (c.1613) ... ...
Other copies may be found in (D) New York Public Library, Drexel MS 4175 (c. 1620 or later) with Jones's melody (Cantus Primus) and bass; (E) Forbes' Cantus (1662) sig. N1v - N2 ("The Thirtyone Song"), with Jones's melody ; (F) Christ Church, Oxford MS.439 (c. 1620), p26 with Campion's melody and bass (...) ; (G) Yale School of Music .. Campion's music ... (H) Egerton ... (no music); (I) BM MS 33933 (... Campion's music ... ); (J) ... Campion's music ... by Dr. John Wilson ... Wilson's version in (K) ... Campion's music are in (L) ... "
- pages 573, 574 & 575;

A recording of this song is on the CD 'A Musical Dreame' by Michael Chance, David Cordier, Erin Headley, Stephen Stubbs & Andrew Lawrence-King (Released 09/05/1990), on Tragicomedia & Hyperion #66335.

You can download midi files of all these works from Harald Lillmeyer's site.



II. SWEET KATE, OF LATE RAN AWAY

1
Sweete Kate,
Of late,
Ran away and left me playning,
A bide,
I cride,
Or I die with thy disdayning,
Te hee hee quoth she,
Gladly would I see,
Any man to die with louing,
Neuer any yet,
Died of such a fitte,
Neither haue I feare of prouing.
2
Vnkind,
I find,
Thy delight is in tormenting,
A bide,
I cride,
Or I die with thy consenting,
Te hee hee quoth she,
Make no foole of me,
Men I know haue oathes at pleasure,
But their hopes attaind,
They bewray they faind,
And their oathes are kept at leasure.
3
Her words,
Like swords,
Cut my sorry heart in sunder,
Her floutes,
With doubts,
Kept my heart affections vnde,
Te hee hee quoth she,
What a foole is he,
Stands in awe of once denying,
Cause I had in ough
To become more rough,
So I did, O happy trying.

Source ; A site created by Harald Lillmeyer. Mr. Lillmeyer typed the text from a facsimile on the 1609 booke and preserved the original spelling.
This site can be found at; http://kulturserver-bayern.de/home/harald-lillmeyer/Texte/Downloads/Downloads.html

II. Sweet Kate - Notes, Recordings and Comments

There is and old recording of this on an LP by maybe Alfred Deller? I think I have a newer recording on a CD somewhere. - I will find it someday.

Folksongs 13th & 17th Century [I have it] Musique D'Abord #190226 , Released 02/01/88 Composer(s) Robert Jones [- Sweet Kate of late. [4th book] ] Traditional
Performers Alfred Deller & The Deller Consort (COUNTER TENOR) Desmond Dupre (GUITAR) Desmond Dupre (LUTE) Mark Deller (COUNTER TENOR)

Another recording of this song is on the CD 'A Musical Dreame' by Michael Chance, David Cordier, Erin Headley, Stephen Stubbs & Andrew Lawrence-King (Released 09/05/1990), on Tragicomedia & Hyperion #66335.

Notes from Edward Doughtie's 'Lyrics From Elizabethan Airs , 1596-1622' ;
"Jones's Cantus Primus was reprinted in Forbes' Cantus (1662) sig. O1v - O1v, with the following variants ..."
- page 575;

Publishing History

From a site called 'Heigh! Nonny Nonny! - Welcome to British Song!'
"Duet: Sweet Kate, of late ran away and left me plaining ( 1609 [Forth Booke 1609 #2]) Fast - g - 2 / 2 Anonymous Tenor and baritone / F3 - F4, C3 - D4 Piano Oxford / English Ayres IV Humorous. Also in Doubleday Anchor / Elizabethan Song Book. In solo version, in Baritone e ( D3 - D4 ), Boosey / Elizabethan Love - Songs, Set 1 Low ( arr. Keel ). Jones, Robert ( fl.1600 - 1610 [fl.1597 - 1617])"



Advance to 'Part 2 - Airs III to VII.'
III. Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart
IV. Will Said to His Mammy
V. Hark! Wot Ye What?
VI. My Complaining Is But Feigning
VII. On a Time in Summer Season


Go back to 'The Complete Works Of Robert Jones'.
Return to ' this Philip Rosseter and Robert Jones web site's primary page '.

Return to ' The First Booke 1600, Part 1 - Airs I to III'.
Return to 'The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres 1601, Part 1 - Airs I to ?
Return to 'The Third Booke 1605, Part 1 - Airs I to IV'.
Go to Jones' only madrigal book 'The First Set of Madrigals' 1607.
Advance to 'The fifth booke of ayers, 1610' - the 1st half of the book which was firstly posted in March 1, 2009,

Get into 'The life of Robert Jones'. Find the Life of Philip Rosseter


- In cerebration of the 400 year anniversary of publication -
A Musical Dreame or the Fourth Booke of Ayres 1609

Composed by Robert Jones [21 pieces]




III. ONCE DID I SERVE A CRUEL HEART

Once did I serue a cruell heart,
With faith vnfainde I still importune,
Her piersing lookes that wrought my smart,
She laughes and smiles at my misfortune,
And sayes perhaps you may at last,
By true desert loues fauour taste.

Source ; A site created by Harald Lillmeyer. Mr. Lillmeyer typed the text from a facsimile on the 1609 booke and preserved the original spelling.
This site can be found at; http://kulturserver-bayern.de/home/harald-lillmeyer/Texte/Downloads/Downloads.html

III. Once did I serve a cruel heart - Notes, Recordings and Comments

You can download midi files of all these works from Harald Lillmeyer's site.

I did not know of any recordings of this duet and this April (2009) I started to record my owne interpretation of this work. I just learned this November of the contense of the CD 'A Musical Dreame' and you will find a much more professional recording there of this song than what you are hearing here.
This is the 400 year anniversary of this booke and I am glad to have to record some of its music in cerebration. - P. T. C. 2009.

A recording of this song is on the CD 'A Musical Dreame' by Michael Chance, David Cordier, Erin Headley, Stephen Stubbs & Andrew Lawrence-King (Released 09/05/1990), on Tragicomedia & Hyperion #66335.

There are no notes about this song in Edward Doughtie's 'Lyrics From Elizabethan Airs , 1596-1622'.
Edmond Fellowes' in 'English Madrigal Verse' writes;
"3 piercing] smiling A."

- - - - - - - - - - -

My song here embeded from my SoundClick ("Once did I serve a cruel heart")

For me it show how one can still relate to this song even though it is 400 years old. I must say that it is with a bit of humor that I see this song and situation and it is a good example of why some people do not take Jones's melancholy songs very seriously. It seems that Jones was not a truly depressed, melancholy, manic psychotic individual like the genius John Dowland was. I guess Jones and his silly love song will never rate the genius label.

My newest post is the duet 'Once did I serve a cruel heart' (400 years old this year). I wanted to do it because I thought it would fit well into the Choral category but so far I have only recorded the low voice and the main voice is absent. I hope the Soundclick people will understand it really is a Choral song but I will not have time to do the other track for sometime. I sort of like it now in its simplicity. I just learned that you can get a pro version of this song on the CD 'A Musical Dreame' by Michael Chance & David Cordier who recorded it back in 1988. They did 11 of the 21 songs of the 1609 Booke of Jones "A Musicall dreame or the Fourth Booke of Ayres". One song form the Booke that only I have done is 'XII. She hath an eye'. I hope I can do a better mix of it soon and make a movie of it for YouTube. If you like Chance & Cordier's 'Once did I serve a cruel heart' better than mine you will still have to like my 'She hath an eye' the best since there are no other versions of it unless you do you owne.

Trick T. - November 10 & December 6, 2009.



Part 1 - Title, Dedication & To the Reader, Airs I to II
I. Though Your Strangeness Frets My Heart (Campian)
II. Sweet Kate

Advance to 'Part 2 - Airs III to VII.'
III. Once Did I Serve a Cruel Heart
IV. Will Said to His Mammy
V. Hark! Wot Ye What?
VI. My Complaining Is But Feigning
VII. On a Time in Summer Season

Advance to'Part 3 - Airs VIII to XI.
VIII. Farewell, Fond Youth
IX. How should I show my love?
X. 0 he is gone
XI. And Is It Night?

Advance to 'Part 4 - Airs XII to XVII.'
XII. She hath an eye
XIII. I know not what (Cf. Petrarch CXXXII (Sonnet102),
XIV. Grief of My Best Love's Absenting
XV. If in this flesh
XVI. O thread of life
XVII. When I sit reading>
XVIII. Fain Would I speek

Advance to 'Part 5 - Airs XVIII to XXI.
XIX. In Sherwood lived stout Robin Hood
XX. Ite caldi sospiri (Petrarch)
XXI. S'amor non e



Written & compiled by Patrick T. Connolly,
This page was written, compiled & revised on May 9, 2004 & April 15, 2009.
Updated - November 14, 21 & 22 & 23, & December 6 (this 1st update posted), 2009.
First posted as Part 1 April 15, 2009 - this page is just thrown up quickly.
Updated - August 27, 2018.
This is the 400 year anniversary of this booke and I hope to get a little bit of work done on these pages and playing some of its music in cerebration.

Page Bibliography

Edward Doughtie's 'Lyrics From Elizabethan Airs , 1596-1622' Cambridge, Mass. Harvard University Press, 1970.

Music & Letters 1927
The Text of the song Books of Robert Jones
by E. H. Fellowes

The English School of Lutenist Song-Writers Series 2, volume 6. Ultimun vale third booke of ayres (1608) [1605].. Stainer & Bell (1926).

A site created by Harald Lillmeyer that can be found at; http://kulturserver-bayern.de/home/harald-lillmeyer
Look under 'Downloads'.

Heigh! Nonny Nonny! - Welcome to British Song!

http://www.public.asu.edu/~icwwh/#SEC4
http://cfa.asu.edu:591/FMPro?