John Dowland : Flow, my tears (Lachrimae)

John Dowland : Flow, my tears (Lachrimae)

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About 'Flow, my tears (Lachrimae)'

Artist: Dowland, John (biography)
Born:1563 , London
Died:1626 , London
The Artist:English composer, singer and lutenist
Composition Date:1596
Composition Info: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 <i>Jo. Dolandi de Lachrimae.</i>

Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!<BR>
Exiled for ever, let me mourn;<BR>
Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,<BR>
There let me live forlorn.<BR>
Down vain lights, shine you no more!<BR>
No nights are dark enough for those<BR>
That in despair their last fortunes deplore.<BR>
Light doth but shame disclose.<BR>
Never may my woes be relieved,<BR>
Since pity is fled;<BR>
And tears and sighs and groans my weary days<BR>
Of all joys have deprived.<BR>
From the highest spire of contentment<BR>
My fortune is thrown;<BR>
And fear and grief and pain for my deserts<BR>
Are my hopes, since hope is gone.<BR>
Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,<BR>
Learn to contemn light<BR>
Happy, happy they that in hell<BR>
Feel not the world's despite.<BR>
Score TypeArrangement for Cello and Piano
Score KeyA minor (Sounding Pitch)
Number of Pages5
Difficulty LevelEasy Level: Recommended for Beginners with some playing experience

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