Shoot false love, I care not (Thomas Morley)

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  • CPDL #25226:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2011-12-27).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Reformatting of #9257, with corrections. Transposed up a semitone. Voicing corrected to SSATB. Revised files uploaded 04/03/17. MusicXML source file is in compressed .mxl format.
  • CPDL #09257:       
Editor: Brian Russell (submitted 2005-08-30).   Score information: Letter, 3 pages, 50 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: On external site, listed alphabetically under "Ballets".
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General Information

Title: Shoot false love, I care not
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1595 in First Book of Ballets, no. 2


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Original text and translations

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1. Shoot false Love, I care not,
   Spend thy shafts, and spare not.
   Fa la la.
   I fear not I thy might,
   And less I weigh thy spite,
   All naked I unarm me,
   If thou canst now shoot and harm me.
   So lightly I esteem thee,
   As now a child I deem thee.
   Fa la la.

2. Long thy bow did fear me,
   While thy pomp did blear me.
   Fa la la.
   But now I do perceive,
   Thy art is to deceive.
   And ev'ry simple lover
   All thy falsehood can discover.
   Then weep Love, and be sorry
   For thou hast lost thy glory.
   Fa la la.