Sweet stay awhile, why [will]1 you rise? The light you see comes from your eyes: The day breaks not; it is my heart, To think that [you and I]2 must part. O stay, or else my joys must die, And perish in their infancy. [Dear, let me die in]3 this fair breast, Far sweeter than the Phoenix' nest. Love raise desire [by his]4 sweet charms Within [this circle of thine]5 arms: And let [thy]6 blissful kisses cherish Mine infant joys, [that else must]7 perish.
1 Lawes: "do"
2 Lawes: "I from you"
3 Lawes: "O let me die on"
4 Lawes: "with thy"
5 Lawes: "the centre of your"
6 Lawes: "those"
7 Lawes: "which else would"
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Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Anonymous/Unidentified Artist , "Sweet, stay awhile", c1630 [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Judith Cloud , "Sweet, stay awhile" [voice and piano] [ sung text not yet checked against a primary source]
- by John Dowland (1562 - 1626), "Sweet, stay awhile" [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Henry Lawes (c1595 - 1662), "Sweet, stay awhile" [ sung text checked 1 time]
- by Michael Ostrzyga (b. 1975), "Sweet, stay awhile", 2001 [chorus and instrumental ensemble] [ sung text checked 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2003-10-12
Line count: 12
Word count: 84