O willo, willo, willo (Traditional)

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  • (Posted 2018-06-06)  CPDL #50018:         
Editor: Ariel Barton (submitted 2018-06-06).   Score information: Letter, 2 pages, 72 kB   Copyright: Public Domain
Edition notes: Arranged by J. Frederick Bridge and published in his 1890 book Songs from Shakespeare.

General Information

Title: O willo, willo, willo
Composer: Anonymous (Traditional)

Number of voices: 1v   Voicing: T
Genre: SecularFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published:
Description: Traditional English folk song. In Othello, the words are altered to apply to a female character, and alotted to Desdemona.

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Original text and translations

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 The poore soule sate sighinge
 by a sickamoore tree,
 Singe willo, willo, willo!
 With his hand in his bosom, and his heade upon his knee:
 O willo, willo, willo, willo!
 O willo, willo, willo, willo!
 Shall be my gareland.
 Singe all a greene willo, willo, willo, willo!
 Aye me the greene willo must be my gareland.