Oh, Why not Sing? (James J. Jelly)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-02)  CPDL #76881:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-02).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 361 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Oh, Why not Sing?
Composer: James J. Jelly
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1877 W. W. Whitney

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Oh, why not sing,
and on the wing
Of sweetest pleasure rise?
Bright sunbeams play,
like those of May,
’Round him who music tries.

Then sing, oh, sing,
so cheerily, happy and free;
Then sing, oh, sing,
for merry, oh, merry are we.

When I’m in song,
no time is long,
I love to longer still;
And sweep the lyre,
whose tones inspire,
And all my being thrill.

Oh, music dear,
be mine to cheer
This lonely vale of time,
And then above,
with those I love,
I ceaseless songs will chime.