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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

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD553 track 18

Recording date
28 April 2016
Recording venue
Ascot Priory, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Nigel Short
Recording engineer
Mike Hatch & George Collins
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  1. Dowland: First Booke of Songs or Ayres (SIGCD553)
    Disc 1 Track 18
    Release date: November 2018
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