Softly O! drop mine eyes (John Wilbye)
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-09-22). Score information: A4, 10 pages, 82 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transposed up a major 2nd from original.
Title: Softly O! drop mine eyes
Composer: John Wilbye
Original text and translations
Softly, O! drop mine eyes, lest you be dry,
And make my heart with grief to melt and die.
Now pour out tears apace,
Now stay, O heavy case!
O sour sweet woe!
Alas! O grief! O joy! Why strive you so?
Can griefs and joys at once in one poor heart consent?
Then sigh and sing, rejoice, lament.
Ah me! O passions strange and violent!
Was never poor wretch so tormented:
Nor joy, nor grief can make my heart contented.
For while with joy I look on high,
Down, down I fall with grief, and die.