Weep, O Mine Eyes

John Bennet (ca. 1575-1614)

"Weep" was first published by John Bennet in his first collection of madrigals in 1599. It was one of his most popular madrigals, as well as one of the most internationally famous songs of the period. It is apparently based on John Dowland's "Flow, my Teares".

The Composer

John Bennet's exact birth and death dates are unknown. Attributions on scores often list him as dying in around 1610, although it is more likely that he died sometime after 1614, when six of his songs were published in "Briefe Discourse" by Thomas Ravenscroft.

The Music

Here are midi (computer music) files for you to download and listen to (If you're using Microsoft Windows, simply click on the link and they should play automatically. If you're not using Windows, I'm going out on a limb and assuming you're technically competent enough to figure things out for yourself....).

Also note that there are midi files of each individual voice part for each piece, so you can hear what each one sounds like - especially your own!

These midi files should give you a fair idea of what each piece - and each individual voice part - sounds like, especially if you're unfamiliar with reading music.

And for those that would like to dowload a viewable and/or printable copy of the score (HINT: most people will want the PDF file; don't try to view the Postscript file unless you know what you're doing):

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