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Soft Cupid Tk3 (Jones 1610 ii
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From Robert Jones' 5th booke of Ayers of 1610, I do not think you can find this song on any CD.
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Robert Jones
Patrick T. Connolly
The muses gardin for delights
Mon Jan 26, 2009
Classical : Renaissance
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From Robert Jones' 5th booke of Ayers of 1610, I do not think you can find this song on any CD.

This is about my first digital recording and I started recording in January 2001. It showed me I needed to get a pre-amp. The guitar is live and the vocal is live but the rest is from a computer file that I programed.

It is from;
"The muses gardin for delights or fifth booke of ayers, 1610" by Robert Jones,
and it is the second song of 21 songs in the booke.
The booke was dedicated to Lady Mary (Sidney) Wroth (1587?-1651?) who was one of the first woman poets an I have hypothesized that she may have written some of the lyrics.

This time period was full of poetry that used Roman gods as devices and subject matter. Christian society was coming down on this literature and after the Civil War and a hundred years it was at an end. Robert Jones does not even treat the Roman god Cupid with much respect here. The last works of Robert Jones seem to be of a Christian theme.

I take this as a historical and not a religious piece.
Soft Cupid soft, there is no haste,
For all vnkindnesse gone and past,
Since thou wilt needs forsake me so,
Let vs parte friendes, before thou goe.

Still shalt thou haue my heart to vse,
When I cannot otherwise chuse,
My life thou mayst command Saunce doubt,
Command I say and goe with out.

And if that I doe euer proue,
False and vnkind to gentle Loue
Ile not desire to liue a day,
Nor any longer then I may.

Ile daily blesse the little God
But not without a smarting rod,
Wilt thou still vnkindly leaue mee,
Now I pray God all ill goe with thee.

From Harald Lillmeyer's site at;