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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
How the world wags - Social Music for a 17th-century Englishman
Lawes (H) & Lawes (W): Songs
Time stands still


Track 1 on CDA67589 [1'30]
Track 19 on CDH55013 [1'29]
Track 11 on CDH55249 [1'19]
Track 15 on CDH55462 [1'00]

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