In this trembling shadow (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2008-06-21)  CPDL #17308:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-06-21).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB plus lute tablature (7 or 8 course, tenor G tuning)

General Information

Title: In this trembling shadow
Composer: John Dowland

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

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1612 in A Pilgrimes Solace, no. 12

Description: May be performed: SATB plus lute or, perhaps better, S/T, bass viol and lute, or S, 3 viols and lute.

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Original text and translations

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In this trembling shadow, cast
from those boughes which thy winds shake,
Farre from humane troubles plac’d,
Songs to the Lord would I make,
Darknesse from my minde then take,
For thy rites none may begin,
Till they feele thy light within.

As I sing, sweete flowers Ile strow,
from the fruitfull vallies brought:
Praising him by whom they grow,
him that heaven and earth hath wrought,
him that all things framde of nought,
Him that all for man did make,
But made man for his owne sake.

Musicke all thy sweetnesse lend,
while of his high power I speake,
On whom all powers else depend,
but my brest is now too weake,
trumpets shrill the ayre should breake,
All in vaine my sounds I raise,
Boundlesse power askes boundlesse praise.