In darkness let me dwell (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2012-10-02)  CPDL #27253:        (Finale 2008)
Editor: Dan Smith (submitted 2012-10-01).   Score information: Letter, 9 pages, 46.4 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Cantus, Lute in grand staff, Bass Viol.
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Editor: Huck Hodge (submitted 2012-09-28).   Score information: Letter, 5 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CC BY
Edition notes: Transcribed from lute tablature
  • (Posted 2008-06-01)  CPDL #17055:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-06-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 123 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Improvements/corrections to tablature 2008-06-02

General Information

Title: In darkness let me dwell
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: S
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, bass viol

First published: 1610 in A Musicall Banquet, no. 10

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Original text and translations

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In darknesse let mee dwell, the ground shall sorrow be,
The roofe Dispaire to barr all cheerfull light from mee,
The wals of marble blacke that moistned still shall weepe,
My musicke hellish jarring sounds to banish friendly sleepe.
Thus wedded to my woes, and bedded to my Tombe,
O let me living die, till death, till death do come.