Now, O now (Dowland 1597 VI
© Patrick T. Connolly
Author: John Dowland (words Anon.)
VI. Now, O now, I needs must part.

Now, O now, I needs must part,
Parting though I absent mourn.
Absence can no joy impart :
Joy once fled cannot return.

While I live I needs must love,
Love lives not when hope is gone.
Now at last despair doth prove,
Love divided loveth none.

Sad despair doth drive me hence,
This despair unkindness sends.
If that parting be offense,
It is she which then offends.

Dear, when I from thee am gone,
Gone are all my joys at once.
I loved thee and thee alone,
In whose love I joyed once.

And although your sight I leave,
Sight wherein my joys doe lie,
Till that death doth sense bereave,
Never shall affection die.

Sad despair doth drive me hence,
This despair unkindness sends.
If that parting be offense,
It is she which then offends.

Dear, If I do not return,
Love and I shall die together.
For my absence never mourn,
Whom you might have joyed ever :

Part we must though now I die,
Die I do to part with you.
Him despair doth cause to lie,
Who both lived and dieth true.

Sad despair...