Oh what hath overwrought my all amazed thought (John Dowland)

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  • (Posted 2009-03-30)  CPDL #19127:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2009-03-30).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 92 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: SATB plus lute tablature (6-course, tenor G tuning)
  • (Posted 2008-05-07)  CPDL #16842:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-05-07).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 23 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Oh what hath overwrought my all amazed thought
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. 13

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Original text and translations

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O what hath overwrought
My all amazed thought?
Or whereto am I brought
That thus in vain have sought
Till Time and Truth hath taught,
I labour all for nought?

The day I see is clear,
But I am ne'er the near,
For grief doth still appear
To cross our merry cheer,
While I can nothing hear,
But winter all the year.

Cold, hold,
The sun will shine warm,
Therefore now fear no harm.
O blessed beams
Where beauty streams
Happy happy light to love's dreams.