What if I seek for love (Robert Jones)

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Editor: Eva Toller (submitted 2002-12-01).   Score information: 19.8 x 29.7, 5 pages, 122 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: Midi files available for each part.
Arranger: Eva Toller

General Information

Title: What if I seek for love
Composer: Robert Jones

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1600 in The First Booke of Songes or Ayres, no. 18


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Original text and translations

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What if I seek for love of thee?
Shall I find,
Beauty kind,
to desert that still shall dwell in me?
But if I sue and live forlorn,
then alas never was any wretch
to more misfortune borne.
Though thy looks have charmed mine eyes,
I can forbeare to love,
but if ever sweet desire
set my woeful hart on fire
then can I never remove.

Frowne not on me unless thou hate,
For thy frowne cast me down
To despaire of my most haplesse state:
Smile not on me unless thou love,
For thy smile,
will beguile
my desires if thou unsteadfast prove:
If thou needs wilt bend thy brow,
A while refraine my deare;
But if thou wilt smile on me,
Let it not delayed be;
Comfort is never too near.