Will ye love me (Thomas Ravenscroft)

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Editors: Greg Lindahl and Bernard Roth (submitted 2001-06-06).   Copyright: Personal
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Title: Will ye love me
Composer: Thomas Ravenscroft

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Melismata, no. 4.

Description: One voice only.

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Original text and translations

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Will ye loue me Lady sweete,
way, fie away, fie,
you are young and loue and meete,
no, not I’ll live a maide till I be fortie,
out alas, who then will sport thee
wanton yet in the spring,
Loue is a pretie thing
fie away, fie,
Kisse sweete, as louers doe proue,
kind to them that woe
no, not I.