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A VOLUME containing chiefly the treble voice part of various English Madrigals, Psalms, etc
ca. 1616-
1630
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Add. MS 15117, folio 18 recto

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Title: A VOLUME containing chiefly the treble voice part of various English Madrigals, Psalms, etc., with tablature for the lute. Some of these are by " Mr. Candishe " [Mic. Cavendish ?], J. Dowland, T. Morley, T. Tallis, W. Byrd, and R. Jones. At fol. 18 is the song of " Willow," sung in Shakspere's Othello, with the music. Folio. [15,117.]
Date: Written about the year 1630
Repository: The British Library, London, UK
Call number and opening: Add. MS 15117, fol. 18r
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A VOLUME containing chiefly the treble voice part of various English Madrigals, Psalms, etc., with tablature for the lute. Some of these are by " Mr. Candishe " [Mic. Cavendish ?], J. Dowland, T. Morley, T. Tallis, W. Byrd, and R. Jones. At fol. 18 [...]
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Written about the year 1630
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The British Library, London, UK
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Add. MS 15117, fol. 18r

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From the collections of: THE BRITISH LIBRARY

Terms of use
The British Library has graciously contributed the above images to Shakespeare Documented under a Creative Commons Public Domain Mark.

Copyright status of the manuscript and unpublished Materials: The 1988 Copyright, Designs and Patents Act (as amended) states that unpublished literary and artistic works remain in copyright in the UK until at least 31 December 2039. Therefore important parts of the library’s collection remain in copyright, including very old manuscripts. However for unpublished material created many centuries ago and in the public domain in most other countries, the Library believes this material to be very unlikely to offend anyone. As an institution whose role it is to support access to knowledge, we have therefore taken the decision to release certain digitised images technically still in copyright in the UK under the Public Domain Mark.

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Title: A VOLUME containing chiefly the treble voice part of various English Madrigals, Psalms, etc., with tablature for the lute. Some of these are by " Mr. Candishe " [Mic. Cavendish ?], J. Dowland, T. Morley, T. Tallis, W. Byrd, and R. Jones. At fol. 18 is the song of " Willow," sung in Shakspere's Othello, with the music. Folio. [15,117.]
Date: Written about the year 1630
Repository: The British Library, London, UK
Call number and opening: Add. MS 15117, fol. 18r
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Semi-diplomatic transcription

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The poore soule sate sighinge by a Sickamore tree, Singe willo, willo, willo
with his hand in his bosom & his heade vpon his knee o willo willo ://: willo O willo willo
Willo willo, shalbe my gareland Singe all a greene willo, willo willo willo, Aye me the
the greene willo must be my gareland

He sight in his singinge and made a greate moane; singe &c
I am deade to all pleasure, my trewe love he is gone, &c
The mute bird sate by hims, was made tame by his moanes &c
The trewe teares fell from hym would have melted the stones, singe [&c]

Com all you forsaken & mourne you with mee
Who speakes of a false love, mynes falser then then shee. Singe &c

Let love no more boast her, in pallas nor bower
it budds but it plastethe, ere it be a flower./ Singe &c
thowe faire & more false, I dye with thy wounde
thowe hast lost the truest Lover that goes vpon the ground. Sing

Let nobody Chyde her, her scornes I approve,
shee was borne to be false, and I to dye for love / Singe &c

Take this for my farewell and latest adewe,
write this on my Tombe, that in love I was trewe. Singe &c

Last updated February 16, 2017