Saturday, August 11, 2007
John Dowland (1563-1626)
Go Crystal Teares
Go crystal teares, like to the morning show'rs / And sweetly weep into thy lady's breast. / And as the dews rerive the drooping flow'rs, / So let your drops of pity be address'd, / To quicken up the thoughts of my desert, / Which sleeps too sound whilst I from her depart.
Haste restless sighs, and let your burning breath / Dissolve the ice of her indurate heart, / Whose frozen rigour like forgetful Death, / Feels never any touch of my desert: / Yet sighs and tears to her I sacrifice, / Both from a spotless heart and patient eyes
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John Dowland (1563-1626) English late - Renaissance composer and lute player. A Roman Catholic, he was not offered a post at Elizabeth I's Protestant court, so he worked for many years at that of the king of Denmark. Among his works are several books of solo lute works, lute songs (for one voice and lute), part-songs with lute accompaniment, and the Lachrymae set of viol de gamba consort music, also with a lute. His pavane, "Lachrymae antiquae" was one of the big hits of the seventeenth century. Dowland's lute music is a recurring theme in Philip K. Dick's science fiction. [This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License and uses material adapted in whole or in part from the Wikipedia article on John Dowland.]