Humanistic Traditions II: Week One

Central Questions:

Before Western Modernism

The Rise of Individualism

The Rise of the Individual

Gregorian Chant (Advocatam) Llibre Vermell de Montserrat


Say love, if ever thou didst find?

John Dowland, 3rd Booke of Ayres, 1603

Say, Love, if ever thou didst find
A woman with a constant mind?
None but one.
And what should that rare mirror be?
Some goddess or some queen is she;
She, she, she, and only she,
She only queen of love and beauty.

But could thy fiery poison'd dart
At no time touch her spotless heart,
Nor come near?
She is not subject to Love's bow;
Her eye commands, her heart saith no,
No, no, and only no;
One no another still doth follow.
How might I that fair wonder know,
That mocks desire with endless no
See the moon
That ever in one change doth grow
Yet still the same, and she is so
So, so, so and only so,
From heav'n her virtues she doth borrow

To her then yield thy shafts and bow,
That can command affections so:
Love is free;
So are her thoughts that vanquish thee.
There is no queen of love but she,
She, she, she, and only she,
She only queen of love and beauty.

Come Again

John Dowland, 2nd Booke of Ayres, 1600

Come again, sweet love doth now invite
Thy graces that refrain
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.

Come again, that I may cease to mourn
Through thy unkind disdain;
For now left and forlorn
I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die
In deadly pain and endless misery.
Gentle Love, draw forth thy wounding dart,
Thou canst not pierce her heart;
For I, that to approve
By sighs and tears more hot than are thy shafts
Did tempt, while she for triumph laughs.


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