A Musicall Banquet – VII. To Plead My Faith

 
Daniel Bacheler (1572 - 1618 o 1619): Change thy mind since she doth change, ayre su testo di Robert Devereux, II conte di Essex (1567 - 1601). Nigel Rogers, tenore; Anthony Bailes, liuto.

To plead my faith, where faith hath no reward;
to move remorse, where favour is not borne;
to heap complaints, where she doth not regard,
were fruitless, bootless, vain and yield but scorn.

I loved her whom all the world admir’d.
I was refus’d of her that can love none;
and my vain hope, which far too high aspir’d,
is dead and buried and for ever gone.

Forget my name, since you have scorn’d my love,
and womanlike do not too late lament;
since for your sake I do all mischief prove,
I none accuse nor nothing do repent.
I was as fond as ever she was fair,
yet lov’d I not more than I now despair.

Nella raccolta A Musicall Banquet, pubblicata a Londra nel 1610 a cura di Robert Dowland, il secondo brano composto su testo di Robert Devereux è opera di Daniel Bacheler, liutista e compositore che fu dapprima al servizio di sir Francis Walsingham, potente ministro di Elisabetta I; in seguito attivo presso lo stesso conte di Essex. venne infine nominato groom of the privy chamber della regina consorte Anna di Danimarca.

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A Musicall Banquet – III. Change thy mind

 
Richard Martin (XVI-XVII secolo): Change thy mind since she doth change, ayre su testo (risalente al 1597) di Robert Devereux, II conte di Essex (1567 - 1601). Nigel Rogers, tenore; Anthony Bailes, liuto.

Change thy mind since she doth change,
Let not fancy still abuse thee.
Thy untruth cannot seem strange
When her falsehood doth excuse thee.
Love is dead and thou art free;
She doth live, but dead to thee.

Whilst she lov’d thee best awhile,
See how she hath still delay’d thee,
Using shows for to beguile
Those vain hopes that have deceiv’d thee.
Now, thou see’st although too late
Love loves truth, which women hate.

Love no more since she is gone;
She is gone and loves another.
Being once deceiv’d by one,
Leave her love, but love none other.
She was false, bid her adieu;
She was best, but yet; untrue.

Love, farewell, more dear to me
Than my life which thou preservest.
Life, all joys are gone from thee,
Others have what thou deservest.
O my death doth spring from hence;
I must die for her offence.

[Die, but yet before thou die,
Make her know what she hath gotten.
She in whom my hopes did lie
Now is chang’d, I quite forgotten.
She is chang’d, but changed base,
Baser in so vile a place.]

Presente nella raccolta A Musicall Banquet, pubblicata a Londra nel 1610 a cura di Robert Dowland, Change thy mind è l’unica composizione pervenutaci di Richard Martin, musicista del quale si ignora pressoché tutto.