Fair, if you expect admiring (Thomas Campion)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-26)  CPDL #26026:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-26).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 12 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Fair, if you expect admiring
Composer: Thomas Campion

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Basso continuo

First published: 1601 in A Booke of Ayres, no. 11

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Original text and translations

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Fair, if you expect admiring,
Sweet, if you provoke desiring,
Grace dear love with kind requiting.
Fond, but if thy light be blindness,
Fair, if thou affect unkindness,
Fly, both love and love's delighting.
Then, when hope is lost and love is scorned,
I'll bury my desires, and quench the fires that ever yet in vain have burned.

Fates, if you rule lovers' fortune,
Stars, if men your powers importune,
Yield relief by your relenting.
Time, if sorrow be not endless,
Hope made vain, and pity friendless,
Help to ease my long lamenting.
But if griefs remain still unredressed,
I'll fly to her again, and she for pity to renew my hopes distressed.