The Muses Gardin for Delights (Robert Jones)

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Title: The Muses Gardin for Delights, Or the fift Booke of Ayres, onely for the Lute, the Base-vyoll, and the Voyce.
Composer: Robert Jones

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Soprano solo
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, bass-viol

Publication date and place: 1610 London, 'Printed by the Assignes of William Barley'.

Description: A collection of 21 songs for one voice, lute and bass-viol.

Notes: The lute parts of this book and of A Musicall Dreame are, in places, crude and dissonant. It has been suggested that, in these cases, Jones is only responsible for the melody and bass lines, but there is little external evidence to support this.

List of works

  • Love, love
  • Soft, Cupid, soft
  • Aze I the silly Fish beguile
  • The fountaines smoake
  • Walking by the River side
  • I cannot chuse but give a smile
  • Joy in thy hopes
  • How many New yeeres have growen olde
  • There was a shepheard that did live
  • The Sea hath many thousand sands
  • Once did my thoughts both ebbe and flow
  • I am so farre from pittying thee
  • As I lay lately in a dreame
  • There was a willy ladde
  • My father faine would have me take
  • My Love hath her true Love betraide
  • All my sence thy sweetnesse gained
  • To thee deafe Aspe with dying voice
  • Behold her lockes like wires of beaten Gold
  • Although the Wings of my desire be clipt
  • Might I redeeme mine errors with mine eyes

Works at CPDL

Title Year No. Genre Subgenre Vo. Voices
Aze I the silly fish beguile 1610 3 Secular Madrigals 1 Solo Soprano
Love, love 1610 1 Secular Madrigals 1 Solo Soprano
Soft, Cupid, soft 1610 2 Secular Madrigals 1 Solo Soprano


One copy of the original survives: Huntingdon Library, San Marino, California, shelfmark 62107
There is a photographic copy of this at the British Library, shelfmark K.2.g.3


Barclay Squire, W. ed., 1901, The Muses Gardin for Delights…, Oxford, UK: Daniel, 4° [text only]
Barclay Squire, W. ed., 1901, The Muses Gardin for Delights…, Oxford, UK: Blackwells, 8° [text only]
Warlock, P. ed, 1923, The Muses Gardin for Delights…, London: Enoch [piano arrangement]
Fellowes, E. H. ed., 1927, The Muses Gardin for Delights…, London: Stainer & Bell [music, volume 9 in 'The English School of Lutenist Song Writers', second series]
Greer, David ed., 1978, The Muses Gardin for Delights…, London: Scolar Press [facsimile]


Pollard, A.W. and Redgrave, G.R., 1986, A short-title catalogue…, 2nd edition, London: Bibliographical Society, no. 14736

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