Me, me and none but me (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2017-02-16)  CPDL #43151:         
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General Information

Title: Me me and none but me
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

First published: 1603 in The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires, no. 5

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Original text and translations

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Me, me and none but me, dart home O gentle death
and quicklie, for I draw too long this idle breath:
O howe I long till I may fly to heaven above,
unto my faithfull and beloved turtle dove.

Like to the silver Swanne, before my death I sing:
And yet alive my fatall knell I helpe to ring.
Still I desire from earth and earthly joyes to flie,
He never happie liv’d, that cannot love to die.