Dowland, John | The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres of 2. 4. and 5. parts (1600)

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Édition originale en cours de restauration.
  • Titre complet: The second booke of songs or ayres of 2. 4 and 5. parts with tableture for the lute or orpherian with the violl de gamba.
  • Instrumentation: 2, 4 & 5 voix (Canto, Quinto, Alto, Tenore, Basso), luth ou orpharion, viole de gambe (basse)
  • Édition | Source: Fac-similé (2024) | Thomas Este, London, 1600
  • 1 volume, 53 pages | N&B
  • Notation | Clefs: Ut1, Fa4, tablature française
  • Texte en anglais
État d'avancement de la restauration: 29/53 pages

During the late 16th and early 17th centuries, English lute music flourished. Bookended by the publication of John Dowland’s extraordinarily influential First booke of songes in 1597 and his Pilgrim’s solace in 1612, this period also saw a bloom of lute music in print, with at least thirty collections of songs for lute, voice, and small ensemble published in England.

John Dowland (1563-1626) is generally considered to be first among the many lutenists who were active during this period. In 1597, while living abroad under the employ of King Christian IVth of Denmark, Dowland temporarily returned to England, where he published The first booke of songes, or, Ayres of fowre partes with tableture for the lute. The first booke was tremendously successful, going through four editions over the next sixteen years. He followed it in 1600 with The second booke of songs, or, Ayres, of 2, 4, and 5 parts and published a number of other highly influential books of lute songs.


  1. I saw my Lady weepe [Canto & Basso]
  2. Flow my teares - Lacrime [Canto & Basso]
  3. Sorrow stay [Canto & Basso]
  4. Dye not before thy day [Canto & Basso]
  5. Mourne, Mourne, Day is with Darkness Fled [Canto & Basso]
  6. Tymes eldest sonne, old age the heire of ease - First part [Canto & Basso]
  7. Then sit thee downe, and say thy Nunc demittis - Second Part [Canto & Basso]
  8. When others sings Venite exultemus - Third part [Canto & Basso]
  9. Praise blindnesse eies, for seeing is deceipt [Canto, Alto, Tenore & Basso]
  10. O sweet woods, the delight of solitarienesse [Canto, Alto, Tenore & Basso]
  11. If fluds of teares could cleanse my follies past [Canto, Alto, Tenore & Basso]
  12. Fine knacks for Ladies, cheap, choise, braue and new
  13. Now cease my wandring eyes
  14. Come ye heavie states of night
  15. White as Lillies was hir face
  16. Wofull heart with griefe oppressed
  17. A Sheperd in a shade his plaining made
  18. Faction that euer dwells in court
  19. Shall I sue, shall I seeke for grace
  20. Finding in fields my Siluia all alone (Toss not my soul)
  21. Cleare or Cloudie sweet as Aprill showring
  22. Humor say what makst thou heere
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