John Dowland, “Sorrow stay”




Performers:  Daniel Thomson, tenor

                      Terry McKenna, 10-course lute



Source:  John Dowland, The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres. London: Thomas Este, 1600.





Sorrow stay, lend true repentant teares,

    To a woefull wretched wight,

Hence, dispaire with thy tormenting feares:

    O doe not my poore heart affright,

Pitty, help now or never,

    Mark me not to endlesse paine,

Alas I am condempned ever,

    No hope, no help, ther doth remaine,

But downe, down, down, down I fall,

    And arise, I never shall.