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The Dying Lover

for voice and piano

William Thomas

Composer:   William Thomas

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William Thomas: The Dying L...

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The Dying Lover is undated, but thought to have been written before the composer's move to New Zealand. He wrote several madrigals, which shows his penchant for music of the 16th and 17th centuries, which is why he was probably attracted to the poem by John Dryden. The song is a very charming model of its type.

John Dryden was one of the foremost influential English poets of the 17th century. The Dying Lover (‘Go tell Amynta, gentle swain’) comes from a collection of ‘Songs, Odes and Lyrical Pieces’ published in Miscellany Poems (1685). Thomas’s setting doesn’t always accurately represent Dryden’s original verse.

Dedication note

Dedicated to W. A. M.

Text note

Text by John Dryden (1631–1700)