Wilt thou unkind thus reave me
Of my heart, of my heart,
And so leave me, and so leave me?

Wilt thou unkind thus reave me
Of my heart, of my heart,
And so leave me, and so leave me?

Farewell! Farewell!
But yet or e'er I part, O cruel,
Kiss me, sweet, kiss me,
sweet, sweet my jewel.

Hope by disdain grows cheerless,
Fear doth love, love doth fear
Beauty peerless, beauty peerless.

Farewell! Farewell!
But yet or e'er I part, O cruel,
Kiss me, sweet, kiss me,
sweet, sweet my jewel.

If no delayes can move thee,
Life shall die, death shall live
Still to love thee, still to love thee?

Farewell! Farewell!
But yet or e'er I part, O cruel,
Kiss me, sweet, kiss me,
sweet, sweet my jewel.

Yet be thou mindfull ever,
Heat from fire, fire from heat
None can see sever, none can sever

Farewell! Farewell!
But yet or e'er I part, O cruel,
Kiss me, sweet, kiss me,
sweet, sweet my jewel.

True love cannot be changed
Though delight from desert
Be estranged, be estranged.

Farewell! Farewell!
But yet or e'er I part, O cruel,
Kiss me, sweet, kiss me,
sweet, sweet my jewel.



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    General CommentOff "Songs From the Labyrinth," this song was written by John Dowland.


    As long as you’re being mean, you might as well plunder my heart and leave me.
    Did you get that or do I need to say it again?

    So long. Goodbye.
    It would be cruel if we parted so kiss me, my multi-faceted one.

    My contempt for hope is not happy.
    Fear loves and love fears
    Your matchless beauty

    Adios. Sayonara.
    It would be painful if we parted so let’s caress with the lips, my sweet precious stone.

    If I cannot convince you otherwise, life will be over for me—I’ll just die
    And keep on loving you even then

    Adieux. Addio.
    It would be mean if we parted so let’s touch lips, my gem.

    But remember—heat and fire will always be locked together in effect and cause or cause and effect

    See ya. Ta ta.
    It would be creepy if we parted so let’s smooch, charming gemstone.

    True love remains true love even when it seems more like a barren desert than something more delightful.

    I’m out of here. I’m taking off.
    I don’t like parting, so why not osculate, engaging sparkler.
    sillybunnyon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMusic—when soft voices fade
    Vibrates in the memory
    I sighed for you
    Lingering like an unloved guest
    And noon—lay heavy on flower and tree
    When I arose and saw the dawn
    I sighed for you

    The sweet child. Sleep—the filmy eyed
    Murmured like a noontime bee
    Lost echo—sits amid the vociferous mountains
    Afar, the melancholy thunder moaned
    Pale ocean, in unquiet slumber lay
    And the wild winds flew around
    Sobbing their dismay

    She rose like an autumnal night that springs
    Out of her secret paradise, she sped
    As silent lightning leaves the starless night
    And all of the dreams watched her eyes
    And all of the echoes sang their sister’s song
    Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought
    With veiled eyes
    And listening echoes
    In her paradise
    She sat while one with soft enamored breath
    Rekindled all the fading memories

    My spirit’s sister
    The lone nightingale
    Grief had made the young spring wild
    And she threw down her love
    As if she were autumn


    Percy Bysshe Shelley [paraphrased]
    sillybunnyon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThroughout [Songs From the Labyrinth], extracts from Dowland's fearful letter to Sir Robert Cecil are read by Sting in a guarded, conspiratory whisper, and give an insight into Dowland's mindset while he was away in Europe. They show a man wounded at not getting the job he desired and being surprisingly frank in saying that he felt this was because of his religion. But the deferential tone of the letter is such that you are left in doubt that this was an age when careless talk to the wrong person could have fatal consequences.

    [sting.com]
    sillybunnyon October 02, 2006   Link

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