Fie on this faining, is love without desire (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2011-08-07)  CPDL #24111:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-08-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 62 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Revised files uploaded 5/11/20.
  • (Posted 2008-05-07)  CPDL #16845:         
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General Information

Title: Fie on this feigning, is love without desire
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1603 in The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires, no. 16

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Original text and translations

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Fie on this feigning
is love without desire,
Heat still remaining
and yet no spark of fire?
Thou art untrue, nor wert with fancy movèd,
for Desire hath pow'r on all that ever lovèd.

Show some relenting,
or grant thou dost now love,
two hearts consenting
shall they no comforts prove?
Yield, or confess that love is without pleasure,
and that women's bounties rob men of their treasure.

Truth is not placèd
in words and forcèd smiles,
Love is not gracèd
with that which still beguiles.
Love or dislike, yield fire, or give no fuel,
so may'st thou prove kind, or at the least less cruel.