Weep, O Mine Eyes

I’ve joined a madrigal choir, which is kind of exciting. We’re singing this:

Isn’t it lovely? Although I have to admit “and cease not” sounds a lot like “and see snot” when you’re singing. There was a certain amount of giggling about this, not all of it mine.

This video is also super useful for learning the song, since it follows right along with the music. I sang alto (although I managed soprano for “Mille Regretz”, which we also sang). I’m technically a mezzo, I think, and am trying to pretend this is a feature, not a defect. Good for both, not good for nothing.

9 Comments on “Weep, O Mine Eyes”

  1. Being a mezzo is definitely an advantage — you’re bi-sectional!

  2. Rob says:

    (1) I first mis-read your post and thought you’d written that you joined a magical choir. Which would be awesome.

    (2) When I saw musical notation under title “Weep, O Mine Eyes”, I figured your post would be about an attempt to perform John Stump’s infamous Farerie’s Aire and Death Waltz:


  3. Ellie says:

    At least bad puns show that we have a sense of humor, however feeble.
    How is the sequel to Seraphina coming along?

  4. This is one of my favorites! I have a Baroque Choral channel on Pandora, which I’d be happy to share with you if you are a Pandora user!

    Now get back to the sequel!! 😉

  5. Sarah says:

    A friend of mine once came up with this: “Wee poem ionize and see snot!”

  6. harpmary says:

    Sang this 30 years ago in college and it is my all time favorite madrigal. Haunting and lovely. Just finished Seraphina and discovered your blog. Thank you! Thoroughly enjoyed reading a fantasy novel that had early music woven so beautifully into the plot!

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