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Dwelling In Darkness: Dowland's Dark Songs As Hermetic Pessimist Gnosis, And Could This Be 'Evidence' Of The Esoteric 'school Of Night'?

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Indubitably John Dowlands song In Darkness let Me Dwell is one of the most profound, most sublime and most enigmatic songs of that Age. In Darkness let me dwell does not exist in a vacuum, of course. It has mates there are other songs to keep its doleful company. With the few song-texts the author has presented so far, a number of personalities have been implicated Dowlands hoped for patrons, and the noble families with much to win or lose that they represent. The author's position, after working with this body of performing material for a number of years, is that the author perceive links between not only the artists, but also, and perhaps most pertinently between the patrons responsible for commissioning these works. It is the purpose of this chapter to establish the veracity of this position.

Keywords: In Darkness let Me Dwell; esotericism; John Dowland



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