Welcome black night (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2008-07-07)  CPDL #17469:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-07-07).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATTB plus lute tablature (8-course, tenor G tuning)

General Information

Title: Welcome black night
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SATTB (verses for single voice & lute)
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1612 in A Pilgrimes Solace, no. 20


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Original text and translations

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Welcome black night, Hymens faire day,
help Hymen Loves due debt to pay,
Loves due debt is chaste delight,
which if the turtles want to night,
Hymen forfets his Dietie,
and night in love her dignitie.
Help, help blacke night Hymens faire day,
Help Hymen Loves due debt to pay.

Hymen, O Hymen, myne of treasures more divine,
what dietie is like to thee that freest from mortalitie?

Stay (happy paire) stay but a while,
Hymen comes not, love to beguile,
These sports are alluring baites,
And sawce are to Loves sweetest Cates:
Longing hope doth no hurt but this,
It heightens Loves attained blisse.
Then stay (most happie) stay a while,
Hymen comes not, Love to beguile.