William Byrd (±1539-1623): Though Amaryllis Dance In Green

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Byrd’s irresistibly sprightly Though Amaryllis Dance in Green sung here by Barbara Bonney. Enjoy :-).

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William Byrd (±1539-1623): Though Amaryllis Dance In Green

Performers:Barbara Bonney

Lyrics: Though Amaryllis dance in green

Though Amaryllis dance in green
Like fairy queen;
And sing full clear
Corinna can, with smiling cheer.
Yet since their eyes make heart so sore,
Heigh ho, ’chill love no more.

My sheep are lost for want of food,
And I so wood,
That all the day
I sit and watch a herdmaid so gay,
Who laughs to see me sigh so sore,
Heigh ho, ’chill love no more.

Her loving looks, her beauty bright
Is such delight,
That all in vain
I love to like and lose my gain,
For her that thanks me not therefor,
Heigh ho, ’chill love no more.

Ah, wanton eyes, my friendly foes,
And cause of woes,
Your sweet desire
Breeds flames of ice and freeze in fire.
Ye scorn to see me weep so sore,
Heigh ho, ’chill love no more.

Love ye who list, I force him not,
Sith, God it wot,
The more I wail,
The less my sighs and tears prevail.
What shall I do but say therefore,
Heigh ho, ’chill love no more.

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