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Gather your rosebuds

1640; To the Virgins, to make much of Time
author of text
later included in Hesperides (1648)

This song is an interesting example of an ‘art’ song becoming a broadside ballad. The words are by the famous poet Robert Herrick (1591–1674) and the music is by William Lawes (1602–1645). The tune was printed in many instrumental and song collections and was so popular that it was used for other ballads unconnected with the original text.

from notes by Douglas Wootton © 1981


English Lute Songs
CDH55249Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
How the world wags – Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman
CDH55013Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Lawes & Lawes: Songs
Time stands still
CDH55462Helios (Hyperion's budget label)


Track 1 on CDA67589 [1'30]
Track 19 on CDH55013 [1'29] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 11 on CDH55249 [1'19] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)
Track 15 on CDH55462 [1'00] Helios (Hyperion's budget label)

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