LibriVox volunteers bring you 18 recordings of Love Not Me for Comely Grace by John Wilbye (1574-1638).
This was the Weekly Poetry project for September 30th to October 7th, 2012.
John Wilbye was an English madrigal composer, and is probably the most famous of all the English madrigalists; his pieces have long been favourites and are often included in modern collections. His style is characterized by delicate writing for the voice, acute sensitivity to the text and the use of “false relations” between the major and minor modes.
(Summary by Wikipedia)
Download locations: mp3 128kb : mp3 64kb : ogg vorbis.
Catalogue pages: LibriVox, Internet Archive.
Zip of the entire book (7.8MB@64kb), featuring all 18 readers of this poem, with a total running time of 16m.
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Book Coordinator: David Lawrence
Meta-Coordinator/Cataloging: David Lawrence
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 a constant heart:
For these 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!
This week’s poem can be found here.