John Wilbye
(1574 - 1638)

Draw on sweet night
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From Wilbye's second set of madrigals. 1609.
Lyrics: Anon, probably the composer

Draw on, sweet night, best friend unto those cares
that do arise from painful melancholy.
My life so ill through want of comfort fares,
that unto thee I consecrate it wholly.

Sweet Night, draw on. My griefs, when they be told
to shades and darkness, find some ease from paining.
And while thou all in silence dost enfold,
I then shall have best time for my complaining.