Select Ayres and Dialogues (Lawes, Henry)

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Work Title Select Ayres and Dialogues
Alternative. Title
Composer Lawes, Henry
I-Catalogue NumberI-Cat. No. None [force assignment]
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 3 books:
  • Book 1:
  • Airs for 1 or 2 voices and continuo
  1. Lanier: Like hermit poor in pensive place obscure
  2. Wilson: Take, o take those lips away
  3. Lawes: Come lovers all to me
  4. William Webb: She that loves me for myself
  5. Lawes: About the Sweet Bag of the Bee
  6. Coleman: Wake my Adonis, do not die
  7. Coleman: Stay, stay, o stay, that heart
  8. Edward Coleman: Bring back my comfort and return
  9. Edward Coleman: Why dearest should you weep
  10. Savile: No more blind boy, for see my heart
  11. Lawes: He that will not love, must be my scholar
  12. Dering: A False Designe to be Cruel
  13. Lawes: Tis not in th’ pow’r of all thy scorn
  14. Brewer: Mistake me not, I am as cold as hot
  15. Playford: Catch me a star that’s falling from the sky
  16. Playford: Love I must tell thee, I’ll no longer be a victive
  17. Johnson: As I walked forth one summer’s day
  18. William Webb: Come, come noble nymphs and do not hide
  19. Cenci: Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi da lieti amanti (alternate lyrics set to Fuggi, fuggi, fuggi da questo cielo)
  20. Anonymous: Amor merere, che d’amor merere (A French Ayre)
  21. Lawes: Why should thou swear I am forsworn
  22. Lanier: Thou art not fair for all thy red and white
  23. Lawes: Phillis, why should we delay
  24. Lawes: If the quick spirit of your eye
  25. Lawes: Among the myrtles
  26. Lawes: A willow garland thou didst send
  27. William Webb: Victorious beauty! through your eyes
  28. Lawes: Ladies, you that seem so nice
  29. Lawes: Let longing lovers sit and pine
  30. Lawes: Take heed fair Chloris, how you tame
  31. Lawes: Tell me not I my time misspend
  32. Lawes: I love thee for thy fickleness
  33. Lawes: He that loves a rosy cheek
  34. Lawes: Dear, leave thy home and come with me
  35. Lawes: I do confess th'art smooth and fair
  36. Lawes: While I listen to thy voice, Chloris
  37. Lawes: A lover once I did espy
  38. Lawes: Come from the dungeon to the throne from The Royal Slave (1636)
  39. Lawes: Come my sweet, whilest ev'ry strain calls from The Royal Slave (1636)
  40. Lawes: Were thou yet fairer than thou art
  41. Lawes: To love thee without flattery
  42. Wilson: I prithee turn that face away
  43. Lawes: Bid me but live
  44. Coleman: Bright Aurelia, I do owe
  45. Lawes: Ladies fly from love's smooth tale
  46. Lawes: Come Cloris, leave thy wandering sheep
  47. Coleman: Ambitious love, farewell
  48. Anonymous: Lay that sullen garland by thee
  49. Coleman: Change platonicks, change for shame
  50. Lawes: Little love serves my turn
  51. Lawes: See, see, how careless men are grown
  52. Lawes: Come Adonis, come away
  53. Lawes: I can love for an hour when I’m at leisure
  54. Lawes: I am confirmed a woman can
  55. Lawes: Fain would I Chloris e're I die
  56. Lawes: How long shall I a martyr be
  57. Lawes: Tell me you wandering spirits of the air
  58. Lawes: How cool and temperate I am grown
  59. Anonymous: In faith I cannot keep my sheep
  60. William Webb: Of the kind boy I ask no red and white
  61. William Webb: Go, go, and bestride the southern wind
  62. Lawes: By all thy glories willingly I go
  63. Lawes: No, no, fair heretic, it cannot be
  64. Wilson: Fain would I Chloris whom my heart adores
  65. Lawes: What means this strangeness now of late
  66. Mr. Warner: I wish no more thou shoudst love me
  67. Brewer: Tell not I die, or that I live
  68. Lawes: Ask me why I send you here
  69. Anonymous: Go little winged archer and convey
  70. Lawes: Come lovely Phillis since it thy will is
  71. Lawes: Cloris, farewell, I now must go
  72. Wilson: Chloris' false love made Clora weep
  73. Wilson: I love a lass, but cannot show it
  74. Savile: I will not trust thy tempting graces
  75. Lawes: Let not thy beauty make thee proud
  76. Lawes: Tell me no more her eyes are like
  77. Anonymous: Silly heart forbear, those are murdering eyes
  78. Coleman: When Celia I intend to flatter you
  79. Coleman: How am I changed from what I was
  80. Wilson: Since love hath in thine and mine eye
  81. Anonymous: Faith be no longer coy
  82. Anonymous: How happy'rt thou and I that never knew
  83. Lawes: Beauty and love once fell at odds
  84. Lawes: Come, o come, I brook no stay
  85. Lawes: The Angler's Song
  86. John Goodgroome: Dost see how unregarded now
  87. John Goodgroome: Brightest, since your pitying eye
  88. Anonymous: From hunger and cold who liveth more free
  89. Lawes: No, no, I never was in love
  90. Lawes: The Excellency of Wine (Tis wine that inspires)
  91. Carissimi: Vittoria, mio core
  92. Anonymous: Con bel se gella de se credezza (An Italian Ayre for two voices)
  • Dialogues for 2 voices and continuo
  1. Anonymous: I prithee keep my sheep for me
  2. Coleman: Dear Silvia, let thy Thirsis know
  3. Coleman: Did not you once Lucinda vow
  4. Lawes: Come my Daphne, come away
  5. William Smegergill: Forbear fond swain, I cannot love
  6. Lanier: Tell me shepherd dost thou love
  7. Lanier: Shepherd in faith I cannot stay
  8. Lawes: Vulcan, Vulcan, o Vulcan, my love
  9. Lawes: Charon, o gentle Charon! let me woo thee
  10. William Smegergill: Thyrsis, kind swain, come near
  • Glees for 2-3 voices
  1. Coleman: To Bacchus, we to Bacchus sing
  2. Wilson: Bring out the cold chine
  3. Wilson: The Tinker (He that a tinker would be)
  4. Ives: Fly boy, fly boy to the cellar's bottom
  • Airs and Ballads for 2-3 voices
  1. William Webb: I wish no more thou shouldst love me
  2. Lanier: Though I am young and cannot tell
  3. Lawes: Come Chloris, hie we to the bower
  4. Wilson: When Troy Town for ten years' wars
  5. Wilson: From the fair Lavinian shore
  6. Wilson: Where the bee sucks there suck I
  7. Wilson: When love with unconfined wings
  8. Wilson: Do not fear to put thy feet
  9. Wilson: In the merry month of May
  10. Lawes: O my Clarissa! thou cruel fair
  11. Lawes: Gather Your Rosebuds
  12. Lawes: Fear not, dear love, that I'll reveal
  13. William Tompkins: Fine young folly, though you wear
  14. Lawes: Sing fair Clorinda, fair Clorinda sing
  15. Cobb: Smiths are good fellows
  16. William Smegergill: Music, music, thou queen of souls
  17. Jenkins: See, see, see the bright light shine
  18. Brewer: Turn Amarillis to thy swain
  19. Ives: Now that we are met, let's merry be


  • Book 2:
  • English airs for solo voice and continuo
  1. Lawes: A Storm
  2. Lawes: No Reprieve
  3. Lawes: A Tale out of Anacreon
  4. Lawes: To his Mistress going to Sea
  5. Lawes: Venus redress a wrong
  6. Lawes: Careless of love and free from fears
  7. Lawes: Gaze not on swans
  8. Lawes: Dearest, do not now delay me
  9. Lawes: Give me more love or more disdain
  10. Lawes: It is not that I love you less
  11. Lawes: Am I despised because you say
  12. Lawes: Cloris since first our calm of peace
  13. Lawes: Yes, yes, 'tis Chloris sings
  14. Lawes: O how I hate thee now
  15. Lawes: If when the sun at noon displays
  16. Lawes: Seek not to know my love
  17. Lawes: I prithee sweet to me be kind
  18. Lawes: Canst thou love me and yet doubt
  19. Lawes: A lover once I did espie
  20. Lawes: Come, come, thou glorious object of my sight
  21. Lawes: Pleasure, beauty, youth attend ye
  22. Lawes: The Lark
  23. Lawes: Amarillis tear thy hair
  24. Lawes: What shall I do? I've lost my heart
  25. Lawes: Ladies, fly from love's smooth tale
  26. Lawes: I laid me down upon a pillow soft
  27. Lawes: You think that love can convey
  28. Lawes: I loved thee once, I'll love no more
  29. Lawes: Death cannot yet extinguish that entire pure flame
  30. Lawes: When this fly lived she used to play
  31. Lawes: I was foretold your rebel sex
  32. Lawes: When thou, fair Celia! Like the setting sun
  33. Lawes: Come, come, sad turtle, mateless, moaning
  34. Lawes: Behold and listen whilst the fair breaks
  35. Lawes: No more of tears, I’ve now no more
  36. Lawes: The Nightingale
  37. Lawes: That flame is born of earthly fire
  38. Lawes: Whether so gladly and so fast
  39. Lawes: Transcendent beauty! thou that art light
  40. Lawes: Weep not, my dear, for I shall go
  41. Lawes: On this swelling bank
  42. Lawes: Delicate beauty, why should you disdain
  43. Lawes: Come, my Lucatia, since we see
  44. Lawes: But that I knew before we met
  45. Lawes: The Rose
  46. Lawes: Tell me no more ‘tis love
  47. Lawes: Can so much beauty own a mind?
  48. Lawes: Art thou in love? It cannot be
  49. Lawes: ‘Tis Christmas now (A Glee at Christmas)
  50. Lawes: Where shall a man an object find
  51. Lawes: Orpheus Hymn
  52. Wilson: Why, lovely boy, why fly’st thou me
  53. Wilson: Black maid, complain not that I fly
  54. Wilson: When I am dead, and thou wouldst try
  55. Wilson: Boast not, blind boy, that I’m thy prize
  56. Anonymous: Still to be neat, still to be dressed
  57. Coleman: Wilt thou be gone, thou heartless man?
  58. Lanier: The Marigold
  59. Lanier: No more shall meads be decked with flowers
  60. Lanier: Fire, fire, lo here I burn in such desire
  61. Lanier: No, no, I tell thee no
  62. Lanier: Stay, silly heart, and do not break
  63. Lanier: The Lilly
  64. John Goodgroome: For that one glance I wounded lie
  65. Ives: Be not proud, pretty one
  66. Alphonso Marsh: Wake all ye dead, what hoo!
  67. Alphonso Marsh: Sure ‘twas a dream, how long, fond man
  68. Alphonso Marsh: That herald he was but a dull ass
  69. Alphonso Marsh: If you will love, know this to be
  70. Alphonso Marsh: Ah! Cloris, would the gods allow
  71. Alphonso Marsh: Oft have I searched both court and town
  72. Alphonso Marsh: Up, ladies, up, prepare your taking faces
  73. Alphonso Marsh: Fall dew of slumbers in a gentle stream
  74. William Gregory: Indeed, I never was but once so mad
  75. Roger Hill: Cloris, ‘twill be for eithers rest
  76. Roger Hill: Admit, thou darling of mine eyes
  77. Roger Hill: No more will I contemplate love
  78. Anonymous: She that would not, I would choose
  79. Moss: Awake my lute, arise my string
  80. Moss: Cruel Celia, did you know
  81. John Goodgroome: Will Cloris cast her sun-bright eye
  82. Playford: Thou sensed to me a heart was crowned
  83. Playford: Yes, I could love, could I but find
  84. Anonymous: Not that I wish my mistress or more
  85. Hilton: Well, well, ‘tis true, I now am fallen in love
  86. Playford: No more, no more, fond love
  87. Edward Coleman: The glories of our birth and state
  88. Lawes: Beauties, have ye seen a toy
  89. Playford: Though you are young and I am old
  90. Anonymous: I never knew what Cupid meant
  91. Thomas Blagrave: What conscience say is it in thee
  92. Lawes: Farewell despairing hopes, I’ll love no more
  93. Lawes: If still Theora you wear this disguise
  94. Lawes: Clear stream, who dost with equal pace
  95. Lawes: Ah, ah, mighty love!
  96. Lawes: Strike, strike, sweet Licoris
  97. Lawes: I had a Cloris, my delight
  98. Lawes: And must our tempers ever be at war?
  99. Lawes: O fairest lights! whose clear aspect
  100. Lawes: Madam, your beauty I confess
  101. Lawes: Disdain not, fair once, since we know
  102. Lawes: Though Silvia’s eyes a flame could raise
  103. Lawes: You ask, my dear, if I be well
  104. Lawes: Love me no more, or else with scorn
  105. Lawes: Cupid’s no god, a wanton child
  106. Lawes: If thou wilt know the reason why
  107. Lawes: When I taste my goblet deep
  108. Roger Hill: The thirsty earth sucks up the rain (The Greek’s Song)
  109. Roger Hill: Poor Celia once was very fair
  • Italian airs for 1-2 voices and continuo (specifies theorbo)
  1. Anonymous: Dove corri mio cori
  2. Anonymous: Intenerite voi, lagrime mie
  3. Anonymous: Occhi belle o’ve imperai
  4. Rossi: Ah che lasso crederò
  5. Anonymous: S’io morrò, che dira
  6. Vittori: Amanti a consiglio from Arie a voce sola
  7. Rossi: Si tocchi tamburo from Il palazzo incantato (1642)
  8. Anonymous: Si guarde che puo
  9. Anonymous: Fugite l’inganni d’amore
  10. Anonymous: De’quei begli occhi
  • English dialogues for 2 voices and continuo
  1. Lawes: Sweet lovely nymph! whose eyes do move me
  2. Jenkins: Why sighs thou Shepherd?
  3. Lawes: Haste you nymphs, make haste away
  4. Lawes: Charon, o Charon, draw thy boat to th’shore
  5. Lawes: Charon, o Charon! hear a wretch oppressed
  6. Lawes: This mossy-bank they pressed
  7. Ives: Shepherd well met, I prithee tell


  • Book 3:
  • Airs for 1 voice and continuo
  1. Lawes: See, see! my Chloris
  2. Lawes: Oft have I sworn I'd love no more
  3. Lawes: Chloris, when e're you do intend
  4. Lawes: In love? away, you do me wrong
  5. Lawes: Come fil's a cup of sherry
  6. Lawes: What? wilt thou pine or fall away
  7. Lawes: Go young man, let my heart alone
  8. Lawes: I prethee love take heed
  9. Lawes: Did I once say that thou wert fair
  10. Lawes: Take heed bold lover, do not look
  11. Lawes: Beauty once blasted with the frost
  12. Lawes: Amintor's Welladay
  13. Lawes: O now I find 'tis nought but fate
  14. Lawes: Go fair enchantress
  15. Lawes: When shall I see my captive heart
  16. Lawes: Black as thy lovely eyes and hair
  17. Lawes: Let me alone, I'll love no more
  18. Lawes: Alas poor Cupid! thou art blind?
  19. Lawes: Love thee? Goodsooth not I
  20. Lawes: Fond woman, thou mistak'st thy mark
  21. Lawes: Though thou hast wit and beauty too
  22. Lawes: See, Chloris, see, how nature brings
  23. Lawes: Fain would I love, but that I fear
  24. Lawes: Why up so early in the world
  25. Lawes: Forgive me love, what I have done
  26. Lawes: Have you e're seen the morning sun
  27. Lawes: Stay, stay, ye greedy merchants, stay
  28. Lawes: O tell me love! O tell me fate!
  29. Lawes: As sad Amintor in a meadow lay
  30. Lawes: Mourn, mourn with me, all true enamored hearts
  • Dialogues for 2 voices and continuo
  1. Lawes: Among thy fancies, tell me this
  2. Lawes: I love a Nymph
  3. Lawes: Come, come, Amaryllis, I am tied by oath
  4. Lawes: Awake, awake, fair Floramell
  • Short airs for 1, 2, or 3 voices
  1. Lawes: Once Venus cheeks that shamed the morn
  2. Lawes: I have praised with all my skill
  3. Lawes: When doth love set forth desire?
  4. Lawes: Trust the form of ayrie things
  5. Lawes: Dear, throw that flattering glass away
  6. Lawes: Do not delay me, though you have the power
  7. Lawes: If you can find a heart sweet love
  8. Lawes: Sure thou framed wert by art
  9. Lawes: Go Phoebus, clear thy face
  10. Lawes: I prethee send me back my heart
First Publication. 1669
Librettist Various poets, most unattributed. Includes
William Shakespeare
Robert Herrick
Thomas Carew
Henry Hughes
Henry Harington
Language English, Italian
Dedication Book 1: All lovers of vocal music
Book 3: Lord Colrane
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Baroque
Piece Style Baroque
Instrumentation 1-3 voices, theorbo-lute or bass-viol (unfigured continuo); 3 voices; voice, chorus, continuo
Related Works Book 3 (the 11/19/2010 upload) is entirely composed by Lawes, and appears to have the same contents as Book 3 of Ayres and Dialogues for 1-3 Voices. The similarly-titled The Treasury of Musick is Book 1 of this collection.

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There appears to be a mix-up with the 1/1/2021 upload of Book 3- it is an enlarged second edition of Book 1 of Choice Ayres, Songs, and Dialogues by John Playford. The real Book 3 of this collection is the 11/19/2010 upload, consisting of pieces solely by Lawes.

Composers without IMSLP pages:

  • William Webb
  • Mr. Warner
  • Mr. William Caesar/William Smegergill
  • William Tompkins
  • Alphonso Marsh
  • William Gregory
  • Roger Hill
  • John Goodgroome
  • Edward Coleman
  • Thomas Blagrave