Eight Songs from Rosseter’s Book of Ayres

This is one of a series of posts about books used as source material for Art Song Central.

Book Title: Eight Songs from Rosseter’s Book of Ayres 1601
Editor: Charles Kennedy Scott (1876-1965)
Publisher: Breitkopf & Härtel
Copyright: 1907

Google Books has a complete version for download as a PDF file: Eight Songs for Solo Voice and Lute


  • And would you see my Mistris’ face PDF
  • If I urge my kind desires PDF
  • When Laura smiles PDF
  • If I hope I pine PDF
  • If she forsake me PDF
  • What then is love but mourning PDF
  • I care not for these Ladies PDF
  • Follow your Saint PDF

These short English lute songs make good pieces for beginners. Each is one page long, with tuneful melodies and multiple verses.

Songs from this volume can be downloaded individually above, but no song posts have been created for them. If you would like me to give priority to a song that is not yet posted, please let me know via the contact page.