If I urge my kind desires (Philip Rosseter)

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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2002-12-01).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 121 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Arranged by Eva Toller. All files are available on http://www.evatoller.se/main_men_titles_E-K.html (MIDI files available for each part.

General Information

Title: If I urge my kind desires
Composer: Philip Rosseter

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: TTTBBB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in A Booke of Ayres, no. 25

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Original text and translations

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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,
That her fires are false I prove,
Yet in her no fault I find,
I was thus unhappy born,
And ordain’d to be her 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.