Saturday, March 26, 2016

John Dowland's "Flow My Tears" Performed by Ryan de Ryke & Brandon J. Acker


Secular, yes, but appropriate, perhaps, for Holy Saturday:
    Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!
    Exiled for ever, let me mourn;
    Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,
    There let me live forlorn.

    Down vain lights, shine you no more!
    No nights are dark enough for those
    That in despair their last fortunes deplore.
    Light doth but shame disclose.

    Never may my woes be relieved,
    Since pity is fled;
    And tears and sighs and groans
    My weary days, my weary days
    Of all joys have deprived.
    From the highest spire of contentment
    My fortune is thrown;
    And fear and grief and pain
    For my deserts, for my deserts
    Are my hopes, since hope is gone.

    Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,
    Learn to contemn light
    Happy, happy they that in hell
    Feel not the world's despite.

    Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,
    Learn to contemn light
    Happy, happy they that in hell
    Feel not the world's despite.

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