Canst thou love (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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Editors: Greg Lindahl and Bernard Roth (submitted 2001-06-06).   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Canst Thou Love
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

Published: 1611 in Melismata, No. 1.

Description: One voice only.

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Original text and translations

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Canst thou love and lie alone?
Love is so disgraced,
Pleasure is best
Wherein is rest
In a heart embraced.
Rise, rise, rise!
Daylight do not burn out;
Bells do ring and birds do sing,
Only I that mourn out.

Morning-star doth now appear,
Wind is hushed and sky is clear;
Come, come away, come, come away!
Canst thou love and burn out day?
Rise, rise, rise!
Daylight do not burn out;
Bells do ring, birds do sing,
Only I that mourn out.