If she forsake me (Philip Rosseter)

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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2002-12-01).   Score information: 19.7 x 28.4, 4 pages, 111 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 she forsake me
Composer: Philip Rosseter

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: TTBBB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1601 in A Booke of Ayres, no. 38

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Original text and translations

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1. If she forsake me I must die,
Shall I tell her so,
Alas then strait will she reply,
no no no no no,
If I disclose my desp'rate state
She will but make sport thereat
And more unrelenting grow.

2. What heart can long such pains abide,
Fie upon this love,
I would adventure far and wide,
If it would remove,
But love will still my steps pursue,
I cannot his ways eschew,
Thus still helpless hopes I prove.

3. I doe my love in lines commend,
But alas in vain,
The costly gifts that I do send,
She returns again,
Thus still is my despair procur'd,
And her malice more assured,
Then come death and end my paine.