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I saw my Lady weepe,
Flow my teares fall from your springs,
Sorow stay,
lend true repentant teares,
Dye not before thy day,
day is with darknesse fled,
* Tymes eldest sonne,
old age the heire of ease,
Then sit thee downe,
and say thy Nunc demittis,
When others sings Venite exultemus,
Praise blindnesse eies,
for seeing is deceipt,
O sweet woods,
the delight of solitarienesse,
If fluds of teares could clense my follies past,
Fine knacks for Ladies,
brave and new,
Now cease my wandring eyes,
Come ye heavie states of night,
White as Lillies was her face,
Wofull heart with griefe oppressed,
A Sheperd in a shade his plaining made,
Faction that ever dwells in court,
Shall I sue,
shall I seek for grace,
Tosse not my soul,
Cleare or Cloudie sweet as April showring,
Dowlands adew for Master Oliver Cromwell
Various Composers
The Second Book of Songs or Ayres (1600)
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• John Dowland, of English or possibly Irish origin, was born in 1563, probably in London. He was a lutenist of distinction but failed, allegedly because he was a Catholic, to win a position in the royal service, and therefore sought his fortune abroad at Kassel and later, in 1598, at the court of Christian IV of Denmark. He was forced by debt to return to England in 1606 and eventually won appointment as one of the King’s Lutes in 1612. He performed during the funeral ceremonies of King James I and ironically dying the following year. Dowland was the composer, in particular, of one of the best-known songs of the period, Flow, my teares, music much imitated and epitomising the fashionable humour of the day - melancholy.

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