Rest with yourselves (Richard Allison)

From ChoralWiki
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Music files

L E G E N D Disclaimer How to download
Network.png Web Page
File details.gif File details
Question.gif Help
  • (Posted 2022-06-12)  CPDL #69674:  Network.png
Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-06-12).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 86 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Rest with yourselves
Composer: Richard Allison
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1606 in An Howres Recreation in Musicke, no. 11 & 12

External websites:

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Rest with yourselves, you vain and idle brains,
Which youth and age in lewdest lust bestow,
And find out frauds, and use ten thousand trains
To win the soil, where nought but sin doth grow:
And live with me, you chaste and honest minds,
Which do your lives in lawful love employ,
And know no sleights, but friends for virtue finds,
And loathe the lust, which doth the soul destroy.

For lust is frail, where love is ever sound;
Lust, outward sweet; but inward, bitter gall:
A shop of shows, where no good ware is found;
Not like to love, where honest faith is all.
So that is lust, where fancy ebbs and flows,
And hates and loves, as beauty dies and grows;
And this is love, where friendship firmly stands
On virtue's rock, and not on sinful sands.