Lawes – Desperato’s Banquet

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Title: Desperato’s Banquet (from The Floating Island)

Composer: Henry Lawes (1595-1662)

Author: William Strode (1600-1643)

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Come, heavy souls, oppressed with the weight
Of crimes, and pangs, or want of your delight;
Come, drown in Lethe’s sleeply Lake,
Whatever makes you ache;
Drink healths from poisoned bowls,
Breathe out your cares together with your souls;
Cool death’s a salve
That all may have,
There’s no distinction in the grave.
Lay down your loads before death’s iron door;
Sigh, and sigh out; groan once, and groan no more.