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III. NO GRAVE FOR WOE

No grave for woe, yet my wat'ry tears devours, [earth, water]
Sighs want air, and burnt desires kind pity's show'rs, [air, fire 4 elements of]
Stars hold their fatal course, my joys preventing, [astrology]
The earth, the sea, the air, the fire, the heav'ns vow my tormenting.

Yet sill I live and waste my weary days in groans,
And with woeful tunes adorn despairing moans,
Night still prepares a more displeasing morrow,
My day is night, my life my death, and all but sense of sorrow.

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

III. 'No grave for woe' - Notes, Recordings and Comments

A recording of this song is on disk; O Mistress Mine A Collection of English Lute Songs Frederick Urrey, tenor ; Ronn McFarlane, lute ; This record also has Rossetter's 'If she forsake me' as well as other works by Dowland, Campion, Morley, etc.
Dorian DOR-90136

Another recording of this song is on the CD; The Sypress Curtain of the Night - Elizabethan & Jacobean Lute Songs by Michael Chance (countertenor) and Christopher Wilson (lute)
Rosseter's 'What then is loue but mourning?' and ' Shall I come if I swim' are also on the CD as well as other works by Thomas Ford, Thomas Campion, Antony Holborne and others. Chandos Records LTD. 1993, CHAN 0538



IV. IF I URGE MY KIND DESIRES

If I urge my kind desires,
She unkind doth them reject,
Women's hearts are painted fires
To deceive them that affect,
I alone love's fires include,
She alone doth them delude.

She hath often vow'd her love,
But alas no fruit I find, [see Dowland's 'Can She Excuse']
That her fires are false I prove,
Yet in her no fault I find,
I was thus unhappy born,
And ordain'd to be scorn.

Yet if human care, or pain
May the heav'nly order change,
She will hate her own disdain,
And repent she was so strange,
For a truer heart than I,
Never liv'd, or lov'd to die.

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

IV. If I urge my kind desires - Notes, Recordings and Comments

I don't know of any recordings of this song but the complete texts and accurate midi files of Rosseter's & Campian's A Book of Ayres may be soon found on a site created by Harald Lillmeyer at; http://kulturserver-bayern.de/home/harald-lillmeyer Look under Downloads.



V. WHAT HEARTS CONTENT

What heart's content can he find,
What happy sleeps can his eyes embrace
That bears a guilty mind,
His taste sweet wines will abhor,
No music's sound can appease the thoughts

That wicked deeds deplore,
The passion of a present fear,
Still makes his restless motion there,
And all the day he dreads the night,
And all the night as one aghast he fears the morning light.

But he that loves to be lov'd,
And in his deeds doth adore heav'n's pow'r,
And is with pity mov'd; The night gives rest to his heart,
The cheerful beams do awake his soul,

Reviv'd in every part.
He lives a comfort to his friends,
And heav'n to him such blessing sends,
That fear of hell cannot dismay,
His stedfast heart that is enur'd {the truth still to obey.}

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

V. What heart's content - Notes, Recordings and Comments

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



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