Oh! the noble Duke of York (Norman Frederic Byng Johnson)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-02)  CPDL #76904:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-02).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 161 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Oh! the noble Duke of York
Composer: Norman Frederic Byng Johnson
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB, B divisi
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksongNursery-rhyme

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1919 Novello and Co.
Description: English Folksong

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Oh! the noble Duke of York,
He had five thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of a hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down,
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down.

They looked all around,
But nothing could they find,
Except a haystack in a field,
And that they left behind.

The Englishman said it was a haystack,
The Scotchman he said Nay,
The Irishman said it was a Catholic church
With the steeple blown a-way.

Nay, nay!
Tut, tut!
Och! shure!
Tut, tut!