It was a Lover and his Lass (Wilfred Bendall)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-21)  CPDL #75583:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-21).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 589 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: It was a Lover and his Lass
Composer: Wilfred Bendall
Lyricist: William Shakespeare
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1886 J. & J. Hopkinson
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Original text and translations

English.png English text

It was a lover and his lass,
    With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
That o’er the green cornfield did pass,
    In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

This carol they began that hour,
    With a hey, and a ho, and a hey nonino,
How that a life was but a flower
    In springtime, the only pretty ring time,
When birds do sing, hey ding a ding, ding;
Sweet lovers love the spring.

As You Like It
Act 5, Scene 3