Dowland, John, 1563-1626, English composer, unsurpassed in his day as a lutenist. His books of Songs or Ayres (1597-1603) established him as the foremost song composer of his time.

See studies by D. Poulton (1972) and I. Spink (1974).

Come Again, sweet love doth now invite. is a song for soloist and lute or for small choir (typically SATB) by John Dowland.

The song is in typical bitter-sweet Dowland style and the first verse reads

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.

It was published in his "First Booke of Songes or Ayres" (1597).

Recent performers include Sting with lutenist Edin Karamazov.


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