“Go From My Window (I)”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1611 (The Knight of the Burning Pestle)
Keywords: courting rejection nightvisit nightvisit
Found in: Britain(England)


Characterized by the line "Go (away) from my window, my love, (go/do)." Rain or other difficulties may trouble the swain, but he usually gains admittance in the end: "Come up to my window, love... The wind nor rain shall not trouble thee again...."


This piece was obviously very popular in the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries (Chappell reports eight sources from that period, though presumably most of these are the tune). The earliest dated text (partial, of course) appears to be that in John Fletcher and Francis Beaumont's 1611 play "The Knight of the Burning Pestle," Act III, scene v:

Go from my window, love, go;

Go from my wimdow, my dear;

The wind and rain

Will drive you back again:

You cannot be lodged here. - RBW

Cross references


  1. Chappell/Wooldridge I, pp. 146-147, "Go From My Window" (3 fragments of text, 1 tune)
  3. BI, ChWI146