The high desire (Anonymous)
- Editor: Maria Marcelli (submitted 2014-10-19). Score information: A4, 3 pages, 69 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes:
Title: The High Desire
Description: An early Tudor period song. Composer and poet unknown. Two verses.
Lovers sing together, addressing each other in lovesick melancholy. There is a sense of pleading directed toward the mistress for her to have mercy on her lover.
Original text and translations
The hye desire that Y have for to se,
yeure godely and wommanly bewte.
For yeu dere hert do Y suffere penaunce,
for of my hert ye have governaunce.
Till that Y may com unto yeure presaunce,
praying to yeure gracius pyte that ye
would fuchsaffe to have mercy on me,
only to be putte to yeure remembraunce.