Die not before thy day (John Dowland)
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Title: Die not before thy day
Composer: John Dowland
Published: 1600 in Second Book of Songs or Ayres, No. IV.
Original text and translations
Die not before thy day, poor man condemned,
But lift thy low looks from the humble earth,
kiss not despair and see sweet hope condemned:
The hag hath no delight, but moan for mirth,
O fie poor fondling, O fie poor fondling,
fie, be willing to preserve thyself from killing:
Hope thy keeper glad to free thee,
Bids thee go and will not see thee,
hie thee quickly from thy wrong,
so she ends her willing song.