Love me little, love me long (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-09-15)   CPDL #55353:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-09-15).   Score information: A4, 7 pages, 120 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Love me little, love me long
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: Anonymous , 1570

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1875 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 6, no. 210


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Original text and translations

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Love me little, love me long,
Love's the burden of my song.
Love that is too hot and strong
Burneth soon to waste:
Still, I would not have thee cold,
Not too backward, nor too bold;
Love that lasteth till ’tis old
Fadeth not in haste.

Say thou lov’st me while thou live;
I to thee my love will give,
Never dreaming to deceive
While that life endures:
Nay, and after death, in sooth,
I too thee will keep my truth,
As now, when in my May of youth:
This my love assures.

Constant love is moderate ever,
And it will through life persever:
Give me that, with true endeavour
I will it restore.
A suit of durance let it be
For all weathers that for me,
For the land or for the sea,
Lasting evermore.