Disdaine that so doth fill me (Martin Peerson)

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  • (Posted 2020-04-20)  CPDL #58091:     
Editor: Adrian Wall (submitted 2020-04-20).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 712 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Note values halved.

General Information

Title: Disdaine that so doth fill me
Composer: Martin Peerson
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularConsort song

Language: English
Instruments: Viol consort

First published: 1620 in Private Musicke, no. 4

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Original text and translations

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Disdain that so doth fill me,
hath surely sworn to kill mee,
and I must die.
Desire that still doth burn me
to life again will turn me,
and live must I.
O kill me then disdain
that I may live again.

Thy looks are life unto me
and yet those looks undo me:
O death and life.
Thy smile some rest doth show me,
thy frown with warre o'erthrow me:
O peace and strife.
Nor life nor death is either,
then give me both or neither.

Life only cannot please me,
death only cannot ease me:
change is delight.
I live, that death may kill me,
I die, that life can fill me,
both day and night.
If once despair decay,
desire will wear away.