Good statesmen need not only wit (Thomas Arne)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2019-08-27).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 43 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Good statesmen need not only wit
Composer: Thomas Arne
Lyricist: Anon, probably the composercreate page

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1775 in Warren's Collection of vocal harmony

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Original text and translations

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Good statesmen need not only wit,
But Argus' eyes to see;
For here's a hit and there's a hit,
But where can you hit me?
This nought impairs their high renown
Tho', like true women's men,
They're in and out and up and down,
And in and out again.