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Say, Love, if ever thou didst find

composer
1603; The Third and Last Booke of Songs and Aires, London
author of text

 
The image of the moon is common to songs that touch on the symbol of the Virgin Queen (constant yet ever-changing). Whether or not Elizabeth’s razor-sharp intellect would have been taken in by the extravagance of Say, Love, if ever thou didst find (‘Say, Love, if ever thou didst find/A woman with a constant mind?’), it is a wonderful song.

from notes by Elizabeth Kenny © 2008

L’image de la lune est courante dans les songs touchant au symbole de la Virgin Queen (constante et néanmoins toujours changeante). Que la vive intelligence d’Élisabeth ait ou non été saisie par l’extravagance de Say, Love, if ever thou didst find? («Say, Love, if ever thou didst find/A woman with a constant mind?», «Dis, Amour, si tu as jamais rencontré/une femme à l’esprit constant?»), c’est là un merveilleux song.

extrait des notes rédigées par Elizabeth Kenny © 2008
Français: Hypérion

Das Bild des Mondes kommt häufig in Liedern vor, die sich mit dem Symbol der jungfräulichen Königin befassen (beständig, doch im ständigen Wandel). Ungeachtet, ob Elisabeths äußerst scharfsinniger Verstand von solchen Ausschweifungen wie Say, Love, if ever thou didst find („Geliebter, hast du je geseh’n/Beständigkeit bei Frauen schön?“) eingenommen wurde oder nicht, ist das ein wunderbares Lied.

aus dem Begleittext von Elizabeth Kenny © 2008
Deutsch: Elke Hockings

Recordings

Dowland: Awake, sweet love
CDH55241
Dowland: Lute Songs; Britten: Nocturnal
CDA67648
Dowland & Campion: It fell on a summer's day
CDH88011Archive Service
Dowland: The Art of Melancholy
Studio Master: CDA68007Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Track 2 on CDA67648 [1'54]
Track 13 on CDA68007 [2'01]
Track 15 on CDH88011 [1'49] Archive Service
Track 19 on CDH55241 [2'05]

Track-specific metadata for CDA66447 track 19

Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-91-44719
Duration
2'05
Recording date
12 February 1990
Recording venue
Tudeley Church, Tonbridge, Kent, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Robert King & Ben Turner
Recording engineer
Antony Howell
Hyperion usage
  1. Awake, sweet love (CDA66447)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: March 1991
    Deletion date: August 2005
    Superseded by CDH55241
  2. Dowland: Awake, sweet love (CDH55241)
    Disc 1 Track 19
    Release date: July 2007
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