The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (Robert Jones)

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Title: The First Booke of Songes or Ayres of foure parts with Tableture for the Lute. So made that all the parts together, or either of them severally may be song to the Lute, Orpherian or Viol de gambo.
Composer: Robert Jones

Number of voices: 1vv Voicing: SATB, Solo
Genre: Secular, Madrigals
Language: English
Instruments: Lute, orpharion, bass-viol, or a capella
Published: London, 1600, 'Printed by Peter Short with the assent of Thomas Morley, and are to be sold at the signe of the the Starre on Bredstreet hill.'

Description: A collection of 21 songs in four parts, with lute tablature.

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  • A Womans Lookes
  • Fond wanton youths
  • Shee whose matchlesse beauty
  • Once did I love
  • Led by a strong desire
  • Lie downe poore heart
  • Where lingring feare
  • Hero care not though
  • When love and time
  • Sweete come away
  • Women what are they
  • Farewell deere love   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif Noteworthy Composer )
  • O my poore eies
  • If fathers knew
  • Life is but a Poets phable
  • Sweete Philomell
  • That heart
  • What if I seeke   ( Icon_pdf.gif Icon_snd.gif )
  • My mistris
  • Perplexed
  • Can modest plaine desire


British Library, London, shelfmark K.9.a.17 [incomplete, bound with the second book]
Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, D.C., shelfmark 14732 [incomplete]


Fellowes, E.H. ed., 1925, First Booke of Songs and Ayres. 1600, London: Stainer & Bell [music, volume 4 in 'The English School of Lutenist Song Writers', second series]
Fellowes, E.H. ed., 1959, First Booke of Songs and Ayres. 1600, London: Stainer & Bell [revised edition of above, by Thurston Dart and Gerald Hendrie]
Greer, David ed., 1978, The First Booke of Songes or Ayres..., London: Scolar Press [facsimile] University Microfilms Inc., 1973, The First Booke of Songes or Ayres..., Ann Arbor, Michigan [microfilm - reel 1314 of the Early English Books series]


Pollard, A.W. and Redgrave, G.R., 1986, A short-title catalogue..., 2nd edition, London: Bibliographical Society, no. 14732

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