Farewell too faire (John Dowland)

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  • CPDL #17355:     
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-06-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 80 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Solo voice, bass viol and lute tablature (7-course, tenor G tuning)
  • CPDL #16831:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2008-05-07).   Score information: A4, 1 page, 15 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Farewell too faire
Composer: John Dowland

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: Solo medium
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Lute and Bass Viol

First published: 1603 in The Third and Last Booke of Songs or Aires, no. 1

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Original text and translations

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Farewell too faire, too chast but too too cruell,
discretion never quenched fire with swords:
Why hast thou made my heart thine angers fuell,
and now would kill my passions with thy words.
This is prowd beauties true anatamy,
if that secure severe in secrecie, farewell.

Farewell too deare, and too too much desired,
Unlesse compassion dwelt more neere by heart:
Love by neglect (though constant) oft is tired,
And forc’t from blisse unwillingly to part,
This is prowd beauties, &c.