Shall I come, sweet love, to thee (Thomas Campion)
- Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2002-12-01). Score information: 19.8 x 29.7, 5 pages, 116 kB Copyright: Personal
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Title: Shall I come, sweet love, to thee
Composer: Thomas Campion
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: TTBBB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1617 in The Third Booke of Ayres, no. 8
Original text and translations
Shall I come, sweet Love, to thee
When the evening beams are set?
Shall I not excluded be,
Will you find no feigned let?
Let me not, for pity, more
Tell the long hours at your door.
Who can tell what thief or foe,
In the covert of the night,
For his prey will work my woe,
Or through wicked foul despite?
So may I die unredressed
Ere my long love be possesed.
But to let such dangers pass,
Which a lover’s thoughts disdain,
’Tis enough in such a place
To attend love’s joys in vain:
Do not mock me in thy bed,
While these cold nights freeze me dead.