Shepherds all, and maidens fair (Walter Cecil Macfarren)

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  • (Posted 2023-11-13)  CPDL #77276:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 501 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-11-23)  CPDL #56029:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-11-23).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 138 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Shepherds all, and maidens fair
Composer: Walter Cecil Macfarren
Lyricist: John Fletcher

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

Language: English
Instruments: a cappella or Keyboard

First published: 1876 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 9, no. 280
Description: Lyrics from The Faithful Shepherdess, Act II. Scene 1

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Original text and translations

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Shepherds all, and maidens fair,
Fold your flocks up, for the air
’Gins to thicken, and the sun
Already his great course hath run.
See the dew-drops how they kiss
Every little flower that is,
Hanging on their velvet heads,
Like a rope of crystal beads.

And let your dogs lie loose without,
Lest the wolf come as a scout
From the mount[ain], and ere day,
Bear a lamb or kid away;
Or the crafty thievish fox
Break upon your simple flocks.