Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Fie no, no, no!

If you've heard the Divine Comedy's latest single, "To Die A Virgin", it's a splendid song of love and lust, as you would expect from Neil Hannon. Listening to it this morning on 6Music I was inevitably reminded of a madrigal by Michael East, called "Poor is the life", and which contains the refrain, "O, then, if this be so, shall I a virgin die? Fie no, no, no! Fie no, no, no!" I can't help thinking that Hannon has probably heard or seen this madrigal: if not, then it proves that there's nothing new under the sun - at least when it comes to writing songs, anyway.

Poor is the life

Poor is the life that misses
The lover's greatest treasure,
Innumerable kisses,
Which end in endless pleasure.
O, then, if this be so,
Shall I a virgin die?
Fie no, no, no! Fie no, no, no!

Michael East (c. 1580-c. 1648)

3 Comments:

At Wed Aug 23, 07:47:00 am, Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

Name dropper.

 
At Thu Aug 24, 01:26:00 pm, Blogger Who is this Dave? said...

Sorry, that may not make much sense, on reflection.

Only, you mentioned my surname, you see.

 
At Thu Aug 24, 06:12:00 pm, Blogger Tamburlaine said...

Ah, I see. All (well, relatively speaking) is made clear.

 

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