As it fell upon a day (Lord Mornington)

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  • (Posted 2021-08-29)  CPDL #65622:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-08-29).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 213 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: From Novello's Glee Hive

General Information

Title: As it fell upon a day
Composer: Lord Mornington
Lyricist: Richard Barnefield
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1780 Warren's seventeenth collection
  2nd published: 1851 Novello's Glee Hive no.7
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Original text and translations

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As it fell upon a day,
In the merry month of May,
Sitting in a pleasant shade
Which a grove of myrtles made;
Beasts did leap, and birds did sing,
Trees did grow, and plants did spring,
Every thing did banish moan,
Save the Nightingale alone.
She, poor bird, as all forlorn,
Leaning her breast against a thorn,
And there sung the dolefullest ditty,
Which to hear, it was great pity.
Scarce could I from tears refrain,
To hear her thus complain,
For her grief so lovely shown,
Made me think upon my own.
As it fell...