"May England be moved by Dowland's tears."
A lutenist of the 18th century.
"Dowland to thee is deare; whose heauenly tuch Vpon the Lute, doeth rauish humaine sense."
Richard Barnfield, 1598
Anglorum Orphei - The English Orpheus
"O Doland, unawares thou stealest my poor mind, the strings thou pluckest quite overwhelm my breast."
Thomas Campian, 1595
"For, as an old, rude, rotten, tune-less Kit, If famous Douland daign to finger it Makes sweeter musick than the choicest Lute In the grosse handling of a clownish Brute."
Joshua Sylvester, 1606