phrase "Semper Dolens, Semper Dowland" was the motto of Elizabethan
era Lutenist John Dowland
. The phrase is cited by historians of music as the reason why John Dowland
's last name should be pronounced to rhyme
with "No-land" and not "Now-land." If it were pronounced to rhyme with "Now-land," it would not fit the rhyme scheme
The phrase translates to mean "Always mourning, always Dowland." This is very appropriate as John Dowland was famous for being in a constant state of melancholy. This melancholic nature is very easy to hear in his music, particularly the Melancholy Galliard and the galliard If My Complaints.