Rustic coquette (Francis Champneys)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-12)  CPDL #75363:       
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-12).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 630 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2020-06-08)  CPDL #59137:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2020-06-08).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 129 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Rustic coquette
Composer: Francis Champneys
Lyricist: Thomas John Dibdin

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano colla parte, or a cappella?

Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1884 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 17, no. 480

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Original text and translations

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Once a maiden went a-maying,
Rosy cheeks and sparkling eye;
Near the spot a shepherd straying
Tuned his reed so merrily.
With this maid he would be cooing,
Fa la la la la la la la,
But she answered to his wooing,
Fa la la la la la la.

O, he vowed her cheeks were blooming,
O, he swore her eyes were bright,
Lips were coral, breath perfuming,
And her skin was lily white.
Vowed that for her he was dying,
Fa la la la la la la,
She to all his vows replying,
Fa la la la la la la.

Thus coquetting lost her lover,
Soon the hapless story spread;
Not a swain would now approve her,
Every maid but she was wed.
Maids, be warned by her proceeding,
Fa la la la la la la,
Lest downstairs you should be leading,
Fa la la la la la la.