- (Posted 2017-02-19) CPDL #43196:
- Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2017-02-19). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 53 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Reformatting of #16802, with corrections to underlay.
- (Posted 2008-05-06) CPDL #16802:
- Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-05-06). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 23 kB Copyright: CPDL
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- Possible error(s) identified. See the discussion page for full description.
- (Posted 2006-06-13) CPDL #11870: (Finale 2006)
- Editor: Daniel Harmer (submitted 2006-06-13). Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 53 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: Now cease my wandring eyes
Composer: John Dowland
Number of voices: 4vv Voicing: SATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: Lute (optional)
First published: 1600 in The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, no. 13
Original text and translations
Now cease my wand'ring eyes,
Strange beauties to admire,
In change least comfort lies,
Long joys yield long desire.
One faith one love,
Makes our frail pleasures eternal, and in sweetness prove,
New hopes new joys,
Are still with sorrow declining unto deep annoys.
One man hath but one soul,
Which art cannot divide,
If all one soul must love,
Two loves must be denied.
One soul, one love,
By faith and merit united cannot remove,
Are ever changing and hapless in their delights.
Nature two eyes hath giv'n,
All beauty to impart,
As well in earth as heav'n,
But she hath giv'n one heart.
That though we see
Ten thousand beauties, yet in us, in us one should be,
One steadfast love,
Because our hearts stand fix'd although our eyes do move.