Keep time, keep time (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2020-01-25)  CPDL #56779:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-01-25).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 111 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Where the underlay is tonic solfa, I've changed to make it less random.

General Information

Title: Keep time, keep time
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: W. S. Passmore

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 363

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Original text and translations

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Run up the scale of song,
Do re mi fa sol la ti do,
'Tis true heart's blithest boon;
While as the sweet notes throng,
Keep time, keep time and tune.
Trill, trill thy gay tra la,
Let sweetest altos chime;<
Still in thy deep solfa,
With voice attuned, keep time!
Do re mi fa sol la ti do,
Keep time, keep time!

As in sweet music's strain,
So when life's duties throng,
Time lost, thou'lt ne'er regain;
That soul of life and song!
Then waste no leisure hour,
'Tis due to yon bright clime;
But while life's blest with power,
With heart attuned, keep time!
Do re mi fa sol la ti do,
Keep time, keep time!