Come jolly Swains (William Byrd)

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  • (Posted 2003-02-08)  CPDL #04633:        (Sibelius 4)
Editor: David Fraser (submitted 2003-02-08).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 109 kB    Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Revised May 2008.

General Information

Title: Come jolly swains
Composer: William Byrd

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1611 in Psalmes, Songs, and Sonnets, no. 13

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Original text and translations

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Come jolly Swaynes, come let us sit around,
And with blithe Carrols sullen cares confound.
The Shepheards life
Is void of strife,
No worldly treasures
Distastes our pleasures
With free consenting,
Our mindes contenting,
We smiling laugh
While other sigh repenting.