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Dowland : Awake, Sweet Love
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Awake, Sweet Love

Dowland, John (1563-1626)

A beautiful Renaissance love song by Dowland arranged for guitar!   

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Includes : One solo score (1 page)

Difficulty level : Grade 3/12

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Program Notes on Awake, Sweet Love by Dowland :

This beautiful song Awake, Sweet Love was composed by John Dowland.

It is part of Dowland's The Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres of Fowre Partes.

This book of songs was first published in London in 1597.

The lyrics of the song Awake, Sweet Love consist of four stanzas.

They celebrate the joy of requited love.

The speaker did not always feel his love returned, but he now exults in the feeling that his lover has relented her earlier disdain.

Hence his former despair is turned to perfect joy.

This score is an arrangement for guitar.

It is appropriate for Grade 3 guitar students.

Sources :

John Dowland, The Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres of Fowre Partes (London, 1597)

Associated collections :

Renaissance Music for Guitar (Easy)    

Sheet music details :


(Awake, sweet love, thou art returned - Galliard)
ComposerDowland, John (1563-1626) Opus/catalog numberThe Firste Booke of Songes or Ayres
MovementsAwake, Sweet Love Composition/First publicationLondon, 1597
InstrumentationGuitar StyleRenaissance (1453-1600)
KeyG Major Duration01:26
EditionArranged by M.A. Caux - Fingerings by P.L. Thérien DifficultyGrade 3/12

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Awake, Sweet Love

1. Awake, sweet love, thou art return'd:
My heart, which long in absence mourn'd,
Lives now in perfect joy.

Let love, which never absent dies,
Now live for ever in her eyes,
Whence came my first annoy.

Only herself hath seemed fair:
She only I could love,
She only drave me to despair,
When she unkind did prove.

Despair did she make me wish to die;
That I my joys might end:
She only, which did make me fly,
My state may now amend.

2. If she esteem thee now aught worth,
She will not grieve thy love henceforth,
Which so despair hath prov'd.

Despair hath proved now in me,
That love will not unconstant be,
Though long in vain I lov'd.

If she at last reward thy love,
And all thy harms repair,
Thy happiness will sweeter prove,
Rais'd up from deep despair.

And if that now thou welcome be,
When thou with her dost meet,
She all this while but play'd with thee,
To make thy joys more sweet.

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