Category Archives: The Shepheardes Calender

“Loe I have made a Calender . . .”

Loe I haue made a Calender for euery yeare . . And if I marked well the starres reuolution, It shall continewe till the worlds dissolution . . . Goe lyttle Calender, thou hast a free passeporte, Goe but a lowly gate emongste the meaner sorte. Dare not to match thy pype with Tityrus his […]

“The Shepheardes Calender — Januarye”

Albumleaf 154: January 3, 2019 (Bologna) Colin, a shepherd’s boy, bemoans his unrequited love for Rosalind and likens his state to the barren season around him.  Bereft of hope, he breaks his pipe in pieces.

“The Shepheardes Calender — December”

Albumleaf 153: December 17, 2018 (Bologna) Colin likens his life to the passing of the seasons and bids adieu to the world.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — November”

Albumleaf 150: November 15, 2018 (Bologna) Colin sings of Dido’s death.  

“The Shepheardes Calender — To His Booke”

Albumleaf 149: October 25, 2018 (Bologna) Goe little booke: thy selfe present, As child whose parent is unkent . . . And asked, who thee forth did bring A shepheards swaine saye did thee sing, All as his straying flocke he fedde . . . But if that any aske thy name, Say thou wert […]

“The Shepheardes Calender — October”

Albumleaf 147: October 15, 2018 (Bologna) Alas, Cuddie, your gift for poetry, given by God, we do not reward. Perhaps you should turn to singing songs of war?

“The Shepheardes Calender — September”

Albumleaf 144: September 20, 2018 (Bologna) Diggon Dauie travels to a far-off land in search of fortune, but finds instead a den of treachery and sin and loses all his sheep.

“The Shepheardes Calender — August”

Albumleaf 141: August 19, 2018 (New York City) Willye convinces Perigot to participate in a singing contest in which Perigot will provide the undersongs to his “roundelay.” Cuddie declares the two shepherds of equal merit and sings a lament by Collin.

“The Shepheardes Calender — Julye”

Albumleaf 138: July 20, 2018 (Granville) Thomalin in the valley and Morrell on the hill debate the merits of tending their flocks down low or up high.   (Listen closely for the sly fox.)  

“The Shepheardes Calender — June”

In this installment, Colin isn’t feeling too summery after Rosalind’s rejection and despite Hobbinol’s entreaties. Albumleaf 135: June 10, 2018 (Bologna)