Down in a pretty valley (Henry David Leslie)

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  • (Posted 2019-07-15)  CPDL #54788:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-07-15).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 119 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Down in a pretty valley
Composer: Henry David Leslie
Lyricist: John Philips

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1871 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 4, no. 135

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Original text and translations

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1  Down in a pretty valley,
Close to a clear stream side,
There lives a charming maiden,
That valley's joy and pride;
She's fairer than the lily,
Her lips are ruby bright,
Her cheeks glow like the roses,
And her eyes with lovelight.

2  Down in that pretty valley
None is so fair as she;
The lads they all look at her,
But she sees only me.
With smiles sweet as the morning,
And voice like purling rills,
She greets me at the wicket,
And with love my heart fills.

3  Down in that pretty valley,
As we sat by the sea;
One balmy moonlight evening,
My bride she vowed to be,
I love her true and dearly,
More than I love my life,
Oh! how happy shall I be,
When she's my own dear wife.