How to Use this Resource

The beta version of Early Modern Songscapes is a digital exploration of Henry Lawes’s 1653 songbook Ayres and Dialogues. Songs are organized alphabetically, by first line, within the “Songs from Ayres and Dialogues” section. Each song folder contains a digital edition including musical notation and text, plus audio performances and high-resolution images of primary sources for selected songs and variants. Audio performances are also listed in the “Performances” section of the website.


For editions, navigate to an individual song folder and click the “View Edition(s)” icon. The songs “Come heavy Souls,” “Theseus, O Theseus,” and “Venus, redress a wrong” are variant editions, with textual and musical variants indicated in blue. Users can toggle between copy texts by clicking on the interactive shelf numbers on the left. Click the highlighted notation or text to see a pop-up box with an image of the variant(s). This is easier to do by zooming in using your browser first, which in most cases can be done with the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+ (Windows) or ⌘+ (Mac). Also, bear in mind that the cursor will change from an arrow to a hand when clickable. Simply click anywhere outside the box to close it.  

For our practices concerning variants and accidentals, see our editorial statement. To download our TEI and MEI files, see our Github data repository.