Once did I serve a cruel heart (Robert Jones)

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  • (Posted 2017-02-22)  CPDL #43245:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-02-22).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 38 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #12860, with corrections to the bass underlay.
  • (Posted 2008-12-01)  CPDL #18370:       
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2008-12-01).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 256 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Parts in score (Bassus with complete editorial text underlay) with lute in tabulature.
  • (Posted 2006-10-16)  CPDL #12860:         
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2006-10-16).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 36 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2006-10-03)  CPDL #12745:   
Editor: Andreas Stenberg (submitted 2006-10-03).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 357 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Text underlay in bass part is editorial as orginal only has incipit. The lute part is in modern staff notation.

General Information

Title: Once did I serve a cruell hart
Composer: Robert Jones

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: SAB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella or lute

First published: 1609 in A Musicall Dreame, no. 3

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Once did I serve a cruel heart,
with faith unfeign'd I still importune
her piercing looks that wrought my smart,
she laughs and smiles at my misfortune
and says perhaps you may at last
by true desart love's favour taste.