Frederick W. Sternfeld and David Greer (eds), English Madrigal Verse: 1588–1632 (Third Edition)

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Editor’s Notexixxx

  • 1Sly thief, if so you will believe
  • 2It nought or little did me grieve
  • 3That my true heart you had bereft,
  • 4Till that unkindly you it left.
  • 5Leaving, you lose; losing, you kill
  • 6That which I may forgo so ill.
  • 7What thing more cruel can you do
  • 8Than rob a man and kill him too?
  • Critical Apparatus9Wherefore of Love I ask this meed—
  • 10To bring you where you did the deed,
  • 11That there you may for your amisses
  • 12Be damaged in a thousand kisses.

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Editor’s Note
xixxx. In the original edition there is no indication that xx is Pt. II of xix, but this is clearly so. The same text was set by East (1604, xxixxii). See also Vauter 1619, xi, in which lines 7–10 of this lyric occur as lines 3–6, preceded by two lines which are derived from lines 1–4.
Critical Apparatus
9 meed] reward.
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