Originally composed as an instrumental under the name Lachrimae pavane in 1596, it is Dowlands most famous ayre, and became his signature song, literally as well as metaphorically: he would occasionally sign his name Jo. Dolandi de Lachrimae.
Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!
Exiled for ever, let me mourn;
Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.
Down vain lights, shine you no more!
No nights are dark enough for those
That in despair their last fortunes deplore.
Light doth but shame disclose.
Never may my woes be relieved,
Since pity is fled;
And tears and sighs and groans my weary days
Of all joys have deprived.
From the highest spire of contentment
My fortune is thrown;
And fear and grief and pain for my deserts
Are my hopes, since hope is gone.
Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,
Learn to contemn light
Happy, happy they that in hell
Feel not the world's despite.
Arrangement for Voice and Piano
A minor (Sounding Pitch)
Number of Pages
Intermediate Level: Recommended for Intermediate Level players
Lute Songs of John Dowland "(The Original First and Second Books including Dowland's Original Lute Tablature). By John Dowland (1563-1626). For guitar (or lute) and voice. Vocal Collection. Dover Edition. Renaissance. Guitar/vocal songbook. Standard guitar notation, lute tablature
John Dowland's Lute Songs (Third and Fourth Books with Original Tablature). By John Dowland (1563-1626). Edited by David Nadal. For Guitar (or Lute) and Voice. Vocal Collection. Dover Edition. Masterwork; Renaissance. Intermediate. Book. Standard and lute tablature. 144 pages. Pub
"Nocturnal After John Dowland, Op. 70" By Benjamin Britten (1913-1976). Edited by Julian Bream. For Guitar. Book; Classical Guitar Solo; Masterworks. Faber Edition. 20th Century; Masterwork. Published by Faber Music
Songs from the Labyrinth (Songbook for Voice and Guitar. Original Versions from the Complete Lute Songs Edition as composed by John Dowland). By John Dowland (1563-1626). Edited by Werner J. Wolff. Voice and guitar. For voice(s) and guitar. 30 pages. Published by Doblinger Music
"Complete Lute Songs I-V, Setausgabe" "(The 1st, 2nd, 3rd Books of Songs). By John Dowland (1563-1626). Voice and guitar. For voice(s) and guitar. 3. 228 pages. Published by Doblinger Music Publishers"
John Dowland in Tablature "By Steve Siktberg. For Guitar (Fingerpicking). Solos. Bill's Music Shelf. Early Music/Renaissance. Intermediate. Book + Online Audio. 144 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc"
John Dowland for Classic Guitar "By Steve Siktberg. For Guitar (Classical). Solos. Bill's Music Shelf. Early Music/Renaissance. Intermediate-Advanced. Book + Online Audio. 92 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc"