From silent night (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2008-06-17)  CPDL #17280:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-06-17).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Alto solo, treble & bass viols, and lute tablature (7-course, tenor G tuning)

General Information

Title: From silent night
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo low
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, treble & bass viols

First published: 1612 in A Pilgrimes Solace, no. 10

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Original text and translations

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From silent night, true register of moanes,
From saddest Soule consumde with deepest sinnes,
From hart quite rent with sighes and heavie groanes,
My wayling Muse her wofull worke beginnes.
And to the world brings tunes of sad despaire,
Sounding nought else but sorrow, griefe and care.

Sorrow to see my sorrowes cause augmented,
and yet lesse sorrowfull were my sorrowes more:
Griefe that my griefe with griefe is not prevented,
for griefe it is must east my grieved sore.
Thus griefe and sorrow cares but how to grieve,
For griefe and sorrow must my cares relieve.

If any eye therefore can spare a teare
to fill the well-spring that must wet my cheekes,
O let that eye to this sad feast draw neere,
refuse me not my humble soule beseekes:
For all the teares mine eyes have ever wept
Were now too little had they all beene kept.