Dowland – Dear, if you change

Song Information

Title: Dear, if you change

Music: John Dowland (1563-1626)

Text: unknown

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  • The accompaniment can be heard on Guitar thanks to Jon Sayles


Song Text

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.