John Wilbye Poems
- Love Not Me For Comely Grace Love not me for comely ...
- Flora Gave Me Fairest Flowers Flora gave me fairest ...
- Adieu Sweet Amaryllis Adieu, adieu sweet amaryllis. For ...
- As Matchless Beauty As matchless beauty thee a Phoenix ...
- Ah! Cannot Sighs Not Tears Ah! cannot sighs not tears, nor ...
- Cruel, Behold My Heavy Ending Cruel, behold my heavy ...
- Despiteful Thus Unto Myself, I... Despiteful thus unto ...
John Wilbye, was an English madrigal composer.
The son of a tanner, he was born at Brome, Suffolk, near Diss, and received the patronage of the Cornwallis family. It is thought that he accompanied Elizabeth Cornwallis to Hengrave Hall near Bury St. Edmunds circa 1594 when she married Sir Thomas Kytson the Younger.
A set of madrigals by him appeared in 1598 and a second in 1608, the two sets containing sixty-four pieces. In 1600, he was chosen to proofread John Dowland's Second Booke of Songs. In 1628, on the death of Elizabeth Cornwallis, Wilbye went to live with her daughter Mary Darcy, Countess Rivers in Colchester, where he died. He is buried in the ... more »
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Love Not Me For Comely Grace
Love not me for comely grace,
For my pleasing eye or face;
Nor for any outward part,
No, nor for my constant heart:
For those may fail or turn to ill,
So thou and I shall sever.
Keep therefore a true woman's eye,
And love me still, but know not why;
So hast thou the same reason still
To doat upon me ever.