At first being somewhat put off by a review in the New York Times in which a classical-music reviewer gave primacy to the non-singing, non-playing performers, I soon had reason to be grateful that it steered me to Sting’s performances of songs by John Dowland. I think Sting’s performance of this song has almost everything the poem and the music require:

And here is a song in which a polyphonic version of the later verses comes from the one man singing a quartet with himself:

(And note, on the table, what looks like an authentic Renaissance part-book with the vocal parts printed to be read by people around a table.)

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