"Come Again, Sweet Love" is a madrigal by John Dowland (1563-1626). The madrigal has been part of Virginia Glee Club repertoire since at least 1953; the earliest known performance is at the 1953 Concert at Hollins College. In recent years, it was used for informal occasions, including as part of the repertoire for receptions held by University of Virginia president John Casteen at Carr's Hill during the tenure of Glee Club conductor John Liepold.
The arrangement used by the Glee Club, by Archibald T. Davison, set three verses of the Dowland song in slightly untraditional order:
Come again! sweet love doth now invite
Thy graces that refrain
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.
Gentle Love, draw forth thy wounding dart,
Thou canst not pierce her heart;
For I, that do approve
By sighs and tears more hot than are thy shafts
Do tempt while she for triumphs laughs.
Come again! that I may cease to mourn
Through thy unkind disdain;
For now left and forlorn
I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die
In deadly pain and endless misery.
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