Cheerfulness (Ciro Pinsuti)

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  • (Posted 2019-02-12)  CPDL #53273:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-02-12).   Score information: A4, 10 pages, 146 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Transcribed from the edition on IMSLP.

General Information

Title: Cheerfulness
Composer: Ciro Pinsuti
Lyricist: William Shakespeare

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: ATBB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1880 The Orpheus no.28
Description: Dedicated to his friend Lionel Benson. Text from The Merchant of Venice, Act I; Scene I .

Original text and translations

English.png English text

Let me play the fool.
With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.
And let my liver rather heat with wine
Than my heart cool with mortifying groans.
Why should a man whose blood is warm within
Sit like his grandsire cut in alabaster,
Sleep when he wakes, and creep into the jaundice
By being peevish?