How should I shew my love (Robert Jones)
- Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2005-12-21). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 650 kB Copyright: Personal
- Edition notes: This edition includes a lute part, transcribed from the original lute tabulature onto staff notation, playable also by a guitar (use of a capo on the 3rd fret is recommended). The preamble to the original score also mentions a viola da gamba, which should double the Bass part.
Title: How should I shew my love
Composer: Robert Jones
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: Lute or guitar, and optional viola da gamba
First published: 1609 in A Musicall Dreame, no. 9
Description: One of the four parts lute songs from Robert Jones A Musical Dream or the fourth booke of Ayres 1609
Original text and translations
1. How should I shew my Love unto my Love
but hide it from all eyes save my loves eyes?
The way by pen or tong i dare not prove
their drifts are oft discouvered by the Wisee,
Lookes are more safe, yet over them are spies,
then whats the way to cosen iealousie
which martyrs love, by marking narrowly.
2. By all these wayes that thy affections walke,
Without suspition of the jealous guarde:
Thy whispering tong to her closde eare shall talke,
And be importunate till it be harde,
Papers shall passe, lookes shall not be debarde,
To looke for loues young infantes in her eyes,
Be franke and bold as she is kind and wise.
3. O who can be so francke as she is kind;
Whose kindnesse merites more than Monarchies,
Boldnesse with her milde grace, grace cannot find,
Onely her wit ouer that doth tyrannize,
Then let her worth and thy loue simpathize,
Sith her worth to thy loue cannot be knowae,
Nor thy loue to her worthinesse be showae.