If any so wise is (William Jackson of Exeter)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2022-08-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 267 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
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General Information

Title: If any so wise is
Composer: William Jackson of Exeter
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: STB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard

First published: 1795
Description: Published in Six Epigrams, Op. 17. Intended for performance at all-male glee clubs. The top line would have been taken by boys, usually drafted in from the local cathedral choir.

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Original text and translations

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If any so wise is, that wine he despises,
Let him tipple small beer and be sober;
While we laugh and sing as if it were Spring,
He shall droop like the trees in October.

But be sure overnight, if this dog you do bite,
That you take it henceforth for a warning;
Soon as out of your bed, to let settle your head,
Take a hair of his tail in the morning.