Who Sang Flow My Tears? John Dowland

John Dowland O Ravishing Delight: Airs Anglais cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1987
length: 5:34
flute: Richard Lee and David Munrow
countertenor vocals: Alfred Deller
viola da gamba: Desmond Dupré
lute: Desmond Dupré
harpsichord: Robert Elliott
composer: John Dowland
Flow, my tears, fall from your springs!
Exiled for ever, let me mourn;
Where night's black bird her sad infamy sings,
There let me live forlorn.
Down vain lights, shine you no more!
No nights are dark enough for those
That in despair their lost fortunes deplore.
Light doth but shame disclose.

Never may my woes be relieved,
Since pity is fled;
And tears and sighs and groans my weary days
Of all joys have deprived.
From the highest spire of contentment
My fortune is thrown;
And fear and grief and pain for my deserts
Are my hopes, since hope is gone.

Hark! you shadows that in darkness dwell,
Learn to contemn light
Happy, happy they that in hell
Feel not the world's despite.

CD 1
  • 1 Miserere, My Maker
  • 2 Shall I Sue?
  • 3 I Care Not for These Ladies
  • 4 Come, Heavy Sleep
  • 5 Of All the Birds I Have Known
  • 6 I Saw My Lady Weep
  • 7 Wilt Thou, Unkind
  • 8 The Cypress Curtain of the Night
  • 9 What Then Is Love but Mourning?
  • 10 Rest, Sweet Nymphs
  • 11 The Fair Lover and His Black Mistress
  • 12 The Self-Banished
  • 13 The Glory of the Arcadian Groves
  • 14 Oh! The Mighty Power of Love
  • 15 In Her Brave Offspring
  • 16 My Time, o Ye Muses
  • 17 O Ravishing Delight
  • 18 A Hymn to God the Father
  • 19 When Then Is Love but Mourning
  • 20 Fine Knacks for Ladies
  • 21 Flow My Tears