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Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601)
Ayres VI to VIII.

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VI. LET HIM THAT WILL BE FREE

Let him that will be free and keep his heart from care,
Retir'd alone remain, where no discomforts are,
For when the eye doth view his grief, or hapless ear his sorrow hears,
Th' impression still in him abides, and ever in one shape appears.

Forget thy griefs betimes, long sorrow breeds long pain,
For joy far fled from men will not return again,
O happy is the soul which heav'n ordain'd to live in endless peace,
His life is a pleasing dream, and every hour his joys increase.

You heavy sprites that love in sever'd shades to dwell,
That nurse despair, and dream of unrelenting hell.
Come sing this happy song, and learn of me the art of true content,
Load not your guilty souls with wrong, and heaven then will soon relent.

Source ; From The English School of Lutenist Song-Writers Series - Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601) by Strainer & Bell 1923, revised 1966.

VI. Let him that will be free - Notes, Recordings and Comments

John Jeffreys writes; "'Let him that will be free' is another delightful affirmative poem of love ending" with the last two lines that he quotes. [* p. 46]

I don't know of any recordings of this song.



VII. REPROVE NOT LOVE

Reprove not love though fondly thou hast lost
Greater hopes by loving,
Love calms ambitious sprites, from their breasts
Danger oft removing,
Let lofty humours mount up on high,
Down again like to the wind,
While private thoughts vow'd to love, More peace and pleasure find.

Love and sweet beauty makes the stubborn mind,
And the coward fearless.
The wretched miser's care to bounty turnes,
Chreeing all things cheerless;
Love chains the earth and heav'n, turns the spheres,
Guides the years in endless peace,
The flow'ry earth through his pow'r
Receives her due increase.

Source ; From The English School of Lutenist Song-Writers Series - Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601) by Strainer & Bell 1923, revised 1966.

VII. Reprove not love - Notes, Recordings and Comments

John Jeffreys writes; "The seventh poem 'Reprove not love' beseaks the power of love" and he quotes the last four lines. [* p. 46]

I don't know of any recordings of this song.



VIII. AND WOULD YOU FAIN THE REASON KNOW

And would you fain the reason know,
Why my sad eyes so often flow
My heart ebbs joy when they do so.
And Loves the moon by whom they go.

And will you ask why pale I look?
'Tis not with poring on my book,
My mistress' cheek my blood hath took,
For her mine own hath me forsook.

Do not demand why I am mute,
Love's silence doth all speach confute,
They set the note then they tune the lute,
Hearts frame their thought, then tougues their suit.

Do not admire why I admire,
My fever is no other's fire,
Each several heart hath his desire,
Else proof is false and truth a liar.

If why I love you should see cause,
Love should have form like other laws,
But Fancy pleads not by the cause,
'Tis as the sea still vex'd with flaws.

No fault upon my love espy,
For you perceive not with my eye,
My palate to your taste may lie,
Yet please itself deliciously.

Then let my sufferance be mine own,
Sufficeth it these reasons shown,
Reasons and Love are ever known,
To fight till both be overthrown.

Source ; From The English School of Lutenist Song-Writers Series - Philip Rosseter's A Book of Ayres (1601) by Strainer & Bell 1923, revised 1966.

VIII. And would you fain the reason know - Notes, Recordings and Comments

John Jeffreys writes; "'And would you fain the reason know?' is a beautiful love poem of seven verses having a compelling stillness and an intimacy conveyed with moving simplicity." [* p. 46]

I don't know of any recordings of this song.


* 'The Life And Works of Philip Rosseter' by John Jeffreys (1990) Roberton Publications, The Windmill, Wendover, Aylesbury HP22 6JJ. Printed in Great Britain by Lavenham Press Ltd.
Complied and/or written by Patrick Thomas Connolly - September, 2003 - January 2004
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