John Dowland: The lowest trees

The Third Booke of Ayres, 1603

The lowest trees have tops,
The Ant her gall, the flie her spleen,
The little spark his heat,
And slender haires cast shadows
Though but small and Bees have stings
Although they be not great.
Seas have their source,
And so have shallow springs
And love is love in beggars and in kings.
Where waters smoothest run,
Deep are the fords
The dial stirs yet none perceive it move:
The firmest faith is in the fewest words
The turtles cannot sing and yet they love.
True hearts have eyes
And ears no tongue to speake: they hear
And see and sigh and then they break.

Performance by the Chicago Early Music Consort [YouTube]

Performance of Marshall Coid, counter-tenor; Jerry Willard, lute [NML] (info)