Shall I strive with words to move (John Dowland)
- Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2008-06-05). Score information: A4, 4 pages, 136 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: SATB plus lute tablature (tenor G tuning)
Title: Shall I strive with wordes to move
Composer: John Dowland
Description: May be performed by: solo voice (S/T) plus lute; SATB plus lute; S, 3 viols plus lute.
Original text and translations
Shall I strive with wordes to move,
when deedes receive not due regard?
Shall I speake, and neyther please,
nor be freely heard?
Griefe alas though all in vaine,
her restlesse anguish must reveale:
Shee alone my wound shall know,
though shee will not heale.
All woes have end, though a while delaid,
our patience proving.
Oh that time's strange effects
could but make her loving.
Stormes calme at last, and why may not
shee leave off her frowning?
Oh sweet Love, help her hands
My affection crowning.
I woo’d her, I lov’d her,
and none but her admire.
O come deare joy, and answere my desire.