In the covert of the night

Thomas Campian (o Campion; 1567 - 1620): Shall I come, sweet Love, to thee, ayre (pubblicato nel Third Booke of Ayres, 1617, n. 8). Alfred Deller, controtenore; Robert Spencer, liuto.
Deller morì a Bologna il 16 luglio 1979.

Shall I come, sweet Love, to thee
When the evening beams are set?
Shall I not excluded be,
Will you find no feigned let?
Let me not, for pity, more
Tell the long hours at your door.
Who can tell what thief or foe,
In the covert of the night,
For his prey will work my woe,
Or through wicked foul despite?
So may I die unredressed
Ere my long love be possesed.
But to let such dangers pass,
Which a lover’s thoughts disdain,
’Tis enough in such a place
To attend love’s joys in vain:
Do not mock me in thy bed,
While these cold nights freeze me dead.


Alfred Deller (1912-1979)