Farewell!


John Dowland (1563-1626): Wilt thou, unkind, ayre, dal First Booke of Songes or Ayres (1597). Alfred Deller, voce; Desmond Dupré, liuto.

(Le strofe in
grigio sono omesse da Deller.)

Wilt thou, unkind! thus reave me
Of my heart, of my heart
   and so leave me?
      Farewell!
But yet or e’er I part, o cruel,
Kiss me, sweet my jewel!


Hope by disdain grows cheerless,
Fear doth love, love doth fear;
   Beauty peerless,
      Farewell!
But yet or e’er I part, o cruel,
Kiss me, sweet my jewel!


If no delays can move thee,
Life shall die, death shall live
   Still to love thee.
      Farewell!
But yet or e’er I part, o cruel,
Kiss me, sweet my jewel!


Yet be thou mindful ever!
Heat from fire, fire from heat,
   None can sever.
      Farewell!
But yet or e’er I part, o cruel,
Kiss me, sweet my jewel!


True love cannot be changèd,
Though delight from desert
   Be estrangèd.
      Farewell!
But yet or e’er I part, o cruel,
Kiss me, sweet my jewel!