Disdain me still (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2008-05-28)  CPDL #17018:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-05-28).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB plus lute tablature (tenor G tuning)

General Information

Title: Disdaine me still
Composer: John Dowland
Text: William, Earl of Pembroke (attrib.)

Number of voices: 1 or 4vv   Voicings: Solo medium or SATB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, or a cappella

First published: 1612 in A Pilgrimes Solace, no. 1
Description: Various performance options exist for this song: solo voice (soprano or tenor) plus lute and (preferably) bass viol, SATB plus lute, or soprano solo, 3 viols plus lute.

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Original text and translations

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Disdaine me still, that I may ever love,
For who his Love injoyes, can love no more.
The warre once past with ease men cowards prove:
And ships returnde, doe rot uppon the shore.
And though thou frowne, Ile say thou art most faire:
And still Ile love, though still I must despayre.

As heate to life so is desire to love,
and these once quencht both life and love are gone.
Let not my sighes nor teares thy vertue move,
like baser mettals doe not melt too soone.
Laugh at my woes although I ever mourne,
Love surfets with reward, his nurse is scorne.