John Dowland: Sorrow, stay

The Second Booke of Songes, 1600

Sorrow, stay, lend true repentant tears,
To a woeful, wretched wight,
Hence, despair with they tormenting fears:
Do not, O do not my heart,
Poor heart affright,
Pity, pity, pity,
Help now or never,
Mark me not to endless pain,
Alas I am condemn’d,
I am condemned ever,
No hope, no help there doth remain,
But down, down, down, down I fall,
And arise I never shall…

Performance by andreas Scholl, alto; Andreas Martin, lute. [YouTube]

Performance of Julianne Baird, soprano; Jerry Willard, lute [NML] (info)