Fare well fond youth (Robert Jones)

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  • (Posted 2008-11-23)  CPDL #18325:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2008-11-23).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 226 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: song parts in score with lute tablature

General Information

Title: Fare well fond youth
Composer: Robert Jones

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1609 in A Musicall Dreame, no. 8

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Original text and translations

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Farewell fond youth, if thou hadst not bin blind
out of my eye thou mighst have read my mind,
but now I plainely see how thou wouldst faine leave me,
sure I was a curst,
not to go at first
sure I was a curst
O fie, fie no, sweete stay
and I will tell thee why
no, sure I was a curst,
not to go at first
sure I was a curst
O fie, fie no, sweet stay
and I will tell thee why no.

Once more farewell, since first I heard thee speake,
And had but sung farewell, my heart would break,
But now since I doe find thy love is like the wind,
What a foole was I
To be like to die.
What a foole was I, I was not,
Yet fay I was a foole I passe not.

Wors me alasse, why did I let him goe,
These be fruites of idle sayin no,
Now that he can disprove me,
how shall he ever love me,
Nay but is he gone,
Then I am undone,
Nay but he is gone, O hold him,
Fie, forty things are yet untold him.