Weep You No More, Sad Fountains

7 Dec

I have been revisiting Jane Austen films recently and wanted to share this beautiful piece of music sang by Kate Winslet as Marianne Dashwood as Colonel Brandon played by Alan Rickman watches her admirably in Emma Thompson’s 1995 screen adaptation of Sense and Sensibility.

Weep you no more, sad fountains,
what needs you flow so fast?
Look how the snowy mountains,
heaven’s sun doth gently waste.

But my sun’s heavenly eyes,
view not your weeping.
That now lies sleeping,
that now lies sleeping,
softly, softly, now softly lies sleeping.

Sleep is a reconciling.
A rest that peace begets.
Doth not the sun rise smiling,
when ever at evening he sets?

Rest you then, rest sad eyes.
Melt not in weeping.
While she lies sleeping,
while she lies sleeping,
softly, softly, now softly lies sleeping.

John Dowland for Sense and Sensibility

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