Aze I the silly fish beguile (Robert Jones)

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  • (Posted 2006-04-04)  CPDL #11385:     
Editor: Rob Durk (submitted 2006-04-04).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Original note values and barring. Lute part in modern score notation, one accidental removed, as noted in score; otherwise unchanged. Spelling modernised.

General Information

Title: Aze I the silly fish beguile
Composer: Robert Jones

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

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, bass-viol

First published: 1610 in The Muses Gardin for Delights, no. 3

Note: This page of the original is badly smudged in places, making parts of verse 1 and the lute tablature difficult to read. Description: The lute parts of A Musicall Dreame and The Muses Gardin for Delights 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.

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Original text and translations

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Original spelling, modern orthography

1. As I the silly Fish deceive,
so Fortune playes with me,
whose baites my heart of joyes bereave,
and Angels taketh mee,
I still doe fish, yet am I caught,
and taken am, their taking taught.

2. The River wherein I doe swimme,
Of streames of hope is made,
Where joyes as flowers dresse the brimme,
And frownes doe make my shade.
Whence smiles as sun-shine gives me heat,
And shadow frownes from showers beat.

3. Thus taken like an envious one,
Who glads for others care,
Since he himselfe must feele such mone,
Delights, all, so should fare,
And strive to make them know like smart,
So I make this to beare apart.