Title: Dear, if you change
Music: John Dowland (1563-1626)
Free at Art Song Central:
- PDF file: Dear, if you change
- Key: A Minor
- Range: D4 – E5
- Source: The First Book of Airs, Part I
- Note: This edition includes lute tabulature as well as a piano transcription.
Elsewhere on the Internet:
- The accompaniment can be heard on Guitar thanks to Jon Sayles
Dear, if you change, I’ll never choose again;
Sweet, if you shrink, I’ll never think of love;
Fair, if you fail, I’ll judge all beauty vain;
Wise, if too weak, more wits I’ll never prove.
Dear, Sweet, Fair, Wise, change, shrink, nor be not weak;
And on my faith, my faith shall never break.
Earth with her flowers shall sooner heav’n adorn;
Heaven her bright stars through earth’s dim globe shall move;
Fire heat shall lose, and frosts of flame be born;
Air, made to shine, as black as hell shall prove;
Earth, Heaven, Fire, Air, the world transformed shall view,
Ere I prove false to faith, or strange to you.
- Recmusic.org has the text.