Come, shepherd swains, that wont to hear me sing, Now sigh and groan! Dead is my Love, my Hope, my Joy, my Spring; Dead, dead, and gone! O, She that was your Summer’s Queen, Your days’ delight,[Pg 17] Is gone and will no more be seen; O, cruel spite! Break all your pipes that wont to sound With pleasant cheer, And cast yourselves upon the ground To wail my Dear! Come, shepherd swains, come, nymphs, and all a-row To help me cry: Dead is my Love, and, seeing She is so, Lo, now I die!
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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 John Wilbye (1574 - 1638), "Come shepherd swains", published 1609 [ vocal trio], from the collection Second Set of Madrigals, madrigal [text verified 1 time]
Researcher for this text: Bart O'Brien
This text was added to the website: 2004-12-08
Line count: 16
Word count: 95