Robert Jones

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Born: c. 1577

Died: c. 1615


Not to be confused with an earlier Robert Jones, composing in the early 16th century.

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  • The First Booke of Songes or Ayres of foure parts with Tableture for the Lute. So made that all the parts together, or either of them severally may be song to the Lute, Orpherian or Viol de gambo. (1600)
  • The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres, set out to the Lute, the base Violl the playne way, or the Base by tableture after the leero fashion. (1601)
  • Ultimum Vale, with a triplicity of Musicke, Whereof The first part is for the Lute, the Voyce and the Viole Degambo, The 2.part is for the Lute, the Viole, and foure partes to sing, The third part is for two Trebles, to sing either to the Lute, or the Viole or to both, if any please. (1605 - not 1608 as often claimed)
  • The First Set of Madrigals, of 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. Parts, for Viols and Voices, or for Voices alone, or as you please. (1607)
  • A Musicall Dreame. Or The Fourth Booke of Ayres, the First part is for the Lute, two Voyces, and the Viole de Gambo; The Second part is for the Lute, the Viole and foure Voices to Sing: The Third part is for one Voyce alone, or to the Lute, the Basse Viole, or to both if you please, Whereof, two are Italian Ayres. (1609)
  • The Muses Gardin for Delights, Or the fift Booke of Ayres, onely for the Lute, the Base-vyoll, and the Voyce. (1610)

Contributions to:

Ultimum Vale is considered the third book of 'ayres'.
The First Set of Madrigals was the only set ever published. Only the Cantus and Bassus partbooks survive.
The lute parts of A Musicall Dreame and The Muses Gardin for Delights are, in places, crude and dissonant. It has been suggested that, in these cases, Jones is only responsible for the melody and bass lines, but there is little external evidence to support this.

List of works by publication

The First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1600)
  • A Womans Lookes
  • Fond wanton youths
  • Shee whose matchlesse beauty
  • Once did I love
  • Led by a strong desire
  • Lie downe poore heart
  • Where lingring feare
  • Hero care not though
  • When love and time
  • Sweete come away
  • Women what are they
  • Farewell deere love
  • O my poore eies
  • If fathers knew
  • Life is but a Poets phable
  • Sweete Philomell
  • That heart
  • What if I seeke
  • My mistris
  • Perplexed
  • Can modest plaine desire
The Second Booke of Songs and Ayres (1601)
  • Love wing'd my hopes
  • My love bound me with a kisse
  • O how my thoughts doe beat me
  • Dreames and Imaginations
  • Mee thought this other night
  • Who so is tide
  • Fie fie
  • Beautie stands further
  • Now what is love
  • Loves God is a boy
  • Over these brookes
  • Whither runneth my sweet heart
  • Once did I love
  • Faire women
  • Daintie darling
  • My love is neither yoong nor old
  • Love is a bable
  • Arise
  • Did ever man
  • To sigh and to be sad
  • Come sorrow come
The Triumphs of Oriana (1601)
  • 21. Fair Oriana, seeming to wink at folly

Fair Oriana seeming to wink at folly

Ultimum Vale (1605)
  • Doe not, O do not prize thy beautie
  • Beautie sate bathing by a spring
  • Goe to bed sweet Muze, take thy rest
  • Shall I looke to ease my griefe
  • What If I sped where I least expected
  • Sweete if you like and love me still
  • Sease troubled thoughts to sigh
  • Scinthia Queene of Seas and Lands
  • Blame not my cheekes
  • There is a Garden in her face
  • Sweete Love my onely Treasure
  • Thinkst thou Kate to put me downe
  • When will the fountaine of my teares be drye
  • Flye from the world
  • Happy he who to sweete home retirde
  • Disdaine that so doth fill me
  • Now let her change and spare not
  • Since just disdaine began to rise
  • At her fayre hands how have I grace intreated
  • Oft have I muzde the cause to finde
  • Now have I learnd with much adoo at last
The First Set of Madrigals (1607)
  • Thine Eyes So Bright
  • She only is the pride of Nature's skill
  • When I behold her eyes, (the first part)
  • But let her look in mine (the second part)
  • Love, if a god thou art
  • O, I do love then kiss me
  • Sing merry birds, your cheerful notes
  • I come sweet birds, with swiftest flight,
  • Cock-a-doodle-doo : thus I begin
  • Shrill-sounding bird, call up the drowsy morn (the first part)
  • And when day's fled, with slow pace I'll return(the second part)
  • Here is an end of all the songs
  • Come doleful owl. the messenger of woe,
  • Sweet, when thou singest, l'll Ieave my careful nest (the first part)
  • Thou tellest thy sorrows in a soft sweet note, (the second part)
  • When To Her Lute Corida Sings (the first part)
  • And as her lute doth live and die, (the second part)
  • If I behold your eyes
  • Since your sweet cheery lips I kissed (the first part)
  • Then grant me, dear, those cherries still (the second part)
  • Stay wandering thoughts, O whither do you hast?
  • Your presence breeds my anguish (the first part)
  • If those dear eyes that burn me, (the second part)
  • If thou speak kindly to me (the third part)
  • Are lovers full of fire? (the first part)
  • The more I burn, the more I do desire (the second part)
A Musicall Dreame (1609)
The Muses Gardin for Delights (1610)
  • The fountaines smoake
  • Walking by the River side
  • I cannot chuse but give a smile
  • Joy in thy hopes
  • How many New yeeres have growen olde
  • There was a shepheard that did live
  • The Sea hath many thousand sands
  • Once did my thoughts both ebbe and flow
  • I am so farre from pittying thee
  • As I lay lately in a dreame
  • There was a willy ladde
  • My father faine would have me take
  • My Love hath her true Love betraide
  • All my sence thy sweetnesse gained
  • To thee deafe Aspe with dying voice
  • Behold her lockes like wires of beaten Gold
  • Although the Wings of my desire be clipt
  • Might I redeeme mine errors with mine eyes
The teares or lamentacions of a sorrowfull soule (1614)
  • 22. Let thy salvation be my joy
  • 28. What shall I render
  • 47. Lament, Lament, My Soul, Cry, O Cry

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