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3 Roberta Diamond with Leonardo Bortolotto, viola da gamba by Sergio Gistri, 2006 (copy of Michel Colichon, end of 17th century) – Alas poore men (Tobias Hume)

from ARTIST SONGBOOK 2020 [EP Selection] by The Song Company

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Alas poore men, why strive you to live long
to have more time and space to suffer wrong,
O wrong.

Our birth is blind and creeping, our life all woe and weeping.
Our death all paine and terror birth, life, death, what all but error.
Alas poore men.

O world nurse of desires, Fortresse of vaine attires.
What reason canst thou render why man should hold thee tender.
Alas poor men.

Thou pinst the pale cheek, Muses and Souldier, that refuses
no woundes for countries safetie, he onely thrives thats craftie.
Alas poore men.

On crutches vertue halts
vertue halts
haltes vertue haltes,
Whilest men most great in faultes,
suffers best worth distrest,
with empty pride opprest
Alas poore men.

O vertue yet at lenth rouze thy diviner strength
and make no musicke more no musicke more out fadde state thats deplore.
Then las poore men why...


from ARTIST SONGBOOK 2020 [EP Selection], released December 1, 2020
Roberta Diamond
Leonardo Bortolotto, viola da gamba by Sergio Gistri, 2006 – copy of Michel Colichon, end of 17th century

audio & video: Leonardo Bortolotto


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