Like as the doleful dove delights alone to be, And doth refuse the bloomed branch, choosing the leafless tree, Where one, wailing his chance, with bitter tears be spent, Doth with his bill his tender breast oft pierce and all to rent. Whose grievous groanings though, whose rips of pining pain, Whose ghastly looks, whose bloody streams outflowing from each vein, Whose falling from the tree, whose panting on the ground, Examples be of mine estate, though there appears no wound.
- by William Hunnis (d. 1597) [author's text not yet checked against a primary source]
Musical settings (art songs, Lieder, mélodies, (etc.), choral pieces, and other vocal works set to this text), listed by composer (not necessarily exhaustive)
- by Thomas Tallis (c1505 - 1585), "Like as the doleful dove" [chorus], madrigal; British Museum Add. Ms. 30513 [text verified 1 time]
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This text was added to the website: 2009-12-29
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