Cease these false sports (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2008-07-09)  CPDL #17493:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-07-09).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 130 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SAATB, bass viol and lute tablature (8-course, tenor G tuning)

General Information

Title: Cease these false sports
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SAATB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute, bass viol

First published: 1612 in A Pilgrimes Solace, no. 21

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Original text and translations

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Cease these false sports, hast away,
Love’s made a trewant by your stay,
Good night, yet virgin Bride;
but looke ere day be spide,
You change that fruitlesse name,
least you your sex defame,
Fear not Hymens peaceful war,
you’le conquer thogh you subdued are,
good night, and ere the day be old,
rise to the sun a Marigold.

Hymen, O Hymen, blesse this night,
that Loves darke workes may come to light.