Rest with yourselves (Richard Allison)
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Title: Rest with yourselves
Composer: Richard Allison
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SSATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1606 in An Howres Recreation in Musicke, no. 11 & 12
Original text and translations
Rest with yourselves, you vain and idle brains,
Which youth and age in lewdest lust bestow,
And find out frauds, and use ten thousand trains
To win the soil, where nought but sin doth grow:
And live with me, you chaste and honest minds,
Which do your lives in lawful love employ,
And know no sleights, but friends for virtue finds,
And loathe the lust, which doth the soul destroy.
For lust is frail, where love is ever sound;
Lust, outward sweet; but inward, bitter gall:
A shop of shows, where no good ware is found;
Not like to love, where honest faith is all.
So that is lust, where fancy ebbs and flows,
And hates and loves, as beauty dies and grows;
And this is love, where friendship firmly stands
On virtue's rock, and not on sinful sands.