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His golden locks Time hath to silver turned

1597; The First Booke of Songs or Ayres
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His golden locks is a Court song, sung before the Queen at the retirement of the ‘Queen’s Champion’ Sir Henry Lee, in 1590. The memorable image ‘His helmet now shall make a hive for bees’ comes from emblem books of the time, symbolising peace after war, ultimately going back to the Greek Anthology, moreover—a musical pun—all Sir Henry’s songs begin on the note B!

from notes by Christopher Goodwin © 2018


Dowland: First Booke of Songs or Ayres
Studio Master: SIGCD553Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Time stands still


Track 1 on CDH55462 [3'20]
Track 18 on SIGCD553 [3'32] Download only

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