Alfred Deller sings "What Then Is Love But Mourning?" - Philip Rosseter





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Uploaded on May 23, 2011

Video footage of Deller performing this beautiful song for voice and lute from Philip Rosseter's "Booke of Ayres". Robert Spencer, lute.

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What then is love but mourning,
What desire, but a self-burning,
Till she that hates doth love return,
Thus will I mourne,
Thus will I sing,
Come away, come away my darling.

Beauty is but a blooming,
Youth in his glory entombing,
Time hath a while which none can stay,
Then come away
While thus I sing,
Come away, come away my darling.

Summer in winter fadeth,
Gloomy night heav'nly light shadeth,
Like to the morn are Venus' flow'rs,
Such are her hours
Then I will sing,
Come away, come away my darling.

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