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Burst forth, my tears

1597; The First Booke of Songs or Ayres
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Burst forth, my tears and Go, crystal tears introduce the motif for which Dowland was most famous, that of falling tears—he sometimes signed his name ‘Jo: dolandi de Lachrimae’. The first of these two songs is pastoral in its imagery, and the second is Petrarchan. The pastoral world of sad shepherds sighing for fair shepherdesses was still a novelty in Dowland’s time; invented by Theocritus and Virgil in antiquity, the pastoral mode had been popularised by Sidney and Spenser in the 1570s. The slow alternating lute and voice notes at the beginning of Burst forth, my tears really do sound like tears struggling to burst through.

from notes by Christopher Goodwin © 2018


Dowland: First Booke of Songs or Ayres
Studio Master: SIGCD553Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Dowland: The Art of Melancholy
Studio Master: CDA68007Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 17 on CDA68007 [4'54]
Track 8 on SIGCD553 [5'02] Download only

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