Ah, Dear heart, why do you rise! – Orlando Gibbons
Prepare to rip your own heart out at this short but astonishingly moving madrigal from the 1612 Book of Madrigals and Motets. “The day breaks not, it is my heart…” – gets me every time!
Ah, Dear heart, why do you rise!
The light that shines comes from thine eyes ;
The day breaks not, it is my heart,
Because that you and I must part.
Stay, or else my joys will die,
And perish in their infancy.