John Wilbye
(1574 - 1638)

Alas, what hope of speeding?
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From the First Set of Madrigals, 1598.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Alas, what hope of speeding
Where hope beguiled lies bleeding?
She bade come when she spied me,
And when I came she flied me.
Thus when I was beguiled,
She at my sighing smiled.
But if you take such pleasure
Of hope and joy, my treasure,
By deceit to bereave me,
Love me and so deceive me.