Sorrow, sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2008-08-13)  CPDL #17899:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-08-13).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 107 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SB plus lute tablature (7-course, tenor G tuning).
  • (Posted 2008-05-06)  CPDL #16793:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-05-06).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 26 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2001-02-05)  CPDL #02050:  Network.png PDF, MIDI and LilyPond files available.
Editor: Laura Conrad (submitted 2001-02-05).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 74 kB   Copyright: GnuGPL
Edition notes: partbook format, vocal parts, no lute part.

General Information

Title: Sorow sorow stay, lend true repentant teares
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 2vv   Voicing: SB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1600 in The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, no. 3

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Original text and translations

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Sorrow sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares,
to a woefull wretched wight,
hence, dispaire with thy tormenting feares:
O doe not my poore heart affright,
pitty, help now or never,
mark me not to endlesse paine,
alas I am condempned ever,
no hope, no help ther doth remaine,
but downe, down, down I fall,
and arise I never shall.