Over hill, over dale (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-08-24)  CPDL #55145:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-08-24).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2011-10-27)  CPDL #24809:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2011-10-27).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 148 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Score updated 6 November 2020 to correct errors.

General Information

Title: Over hill, over dale
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: William Shakespeare , from A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1873 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 6, no. 209

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Original text and translations

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Thorough bush, thorough brier,
Thorough flood, thorough fire,
I do wander ev'rywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;

And I serve the fairy queen,
To dew her orbs upon the green:
I do wander ev'rywhere,
Swifter than the moon's sphere;

I do wander ev'rywhere,
Over hill, over dale, over park,
I do wander ev'rywhere,
Thorough bush…

The cowslips tall, her pensioners be;
In their gold coats spots you see;
These be rubies, fairy favours,
I must go seek some dew drops here,
And hang a pearl in ev'ry cowslip's ear.
Thorough bush…