Dear, if you change (John Dowland)

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General Information

Title: Dear, if you change
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularLute song

Language: English
Instruments: Lute

Published: 1597 in The First Booke of Songs or Ayres, No. 7

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

1. Dear, if you change, I'll never choose again.
Sweet, if you shrink, I'll never think of love.
Fair, if you fail, I'll judge all beauty vain.
Wise, if too weak, more wits i'll never prove.
Dear, Sweet, Fair, Wise, change, shrink, nor be not weak:
and on my faith, my faith shall never break.

2. Earth with flow'rs shall sooner heaven adorn,
Heav'n her bright stars through earth's dim globe shall move,
Fire heat shall lose, and frost of flames be born,
Air made to shine as black as hell shall prove:
Earth, Heaven, Fire, Air, the world transform'd shall be,
Ere I prove false to faith, or strange to you.

Polish.png Polish translation

1. Miła, jeśli się zmienisz, ja nie wybiorę raz jeszcze.
Słodka, jeśli się wzbraniasz, nawet nie wspomnę miłości.
Piękna, jeśli zawiedziesz, daremnym piękno obwieszczę.
Światła, myślisz - "jam słaba", większej nie znajdę mądrości.
Miła, słodka, piękna, światła, zmień się, wycofaj, lub zaprzecz miłości,
A na mą miarę, tobie przysięgam, iż wierze mojej nie zabraknie ufności.

2. Ziemia, swymi kwiatami, prędzej firmament ozdobi,
Niebo nocne zaś łacniej gwiazdy na ziemi zasadzi,
Ogień, swoim płomieniem, stawu taflę zamrozi,
Przestrzeń, zawsze przejrzysta, sczernieje jak smoła w kadzi.
Ziemia, niebo, ogień, powietrze - raczej cały ten świat się odmieni,
Niż dla mej pani stanę się obcym, albo mą wiarę skruszy zwątpienie.
Translation by Stanisław Jonczyk