Give me the lusty winter time (Wm. T. Belcher)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75570:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 696 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Give me the lusty winter time
Composer: Wm. T. Belcher
Lyricist: George Linnæus Banks
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1859 W. T. Belcher & H. J. Jewell

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Original text and translations

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If days are short, the nights are long;
    Then why should we complain?
Since night brings round the merry song
    And merrier refrain;
        All joining,
    To dry the passing tear—
Ah! Winter is a pleasant time
    And brings the best o’ cheer.

Then, give me jovial Winter, boys,
    And warm souls all around,
To share the rich and tranquil joys
    That in its region are found.
        Friends meeting,
        Hearts beating
    In love and truth sincere—
Oh! Winter is a jovial time,
    And brings the best o’ cheer.