Love is a sickness (Charles Hubert Hastings Parry)

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  • CPDL #16306:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: John Henry Fowler (submitted 2008-03-07).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 71 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Love is a sickness
Composer: Charles Hubert Hastings Parry
Lyricist: Samuel Daniel

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Six Lyrics from an Elizabethan Song Book (1897): No. 2

  1. Follow your saint (Thomas Campion)
  2. Love is a sickness
  3. Turn all thy thoughts to eyes (Thomas Campion)
  4. Whether men do laugh or weep (From an Elizabethan Song Book)
  5. The sea hath many a thousand sands
  6. Tell me, O love (From an Elizabethan Song Book)

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Original text and translations

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Love is a sickness full of woes,
All remedies refusing;
A plant that most with1 cutting grows,
Most barren with best using,
Why so?

More we enjoy it, more it dies;
If not enjoy'd it sighing cries
Heigh ho! Heigh ho!

Love is a torment of the mind,
A tempest everlasting;
And Jove hath made it of2 a kind
Not well, nor full, nor fasting.
Why so?

1 Original is "with most"
2 Original is "of it"