Stay, shepherd stay (John Stafford Smith)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-10-04).   Score information: A4, 11 pages, 433 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score. Please click on the link for preview/playback/PDF download.

General Information

Title: Stay, shepherd stay
Composer: John Stafford Smith
Lyricist: ? Carewcreate page
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1774

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Original text and translations

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Stay, shepherd stay, I prithee stay,
Did you not see her go this way?
Where can she be? Can you not guess?
Alas, I've lost my shepherdess.

I fear some satyr has betray'd
My wand'ring nymph out of the shade,
O woe is me I am undone
For in the shade she was my sun.

The pink, the violet and the rose
Strive to salute her as she goes,
May be content to kiss her shoe
The primrose and the daisy too.

O woe is me what must I do,
Or who must I complain unto?
Methinks the valleys cry "Forbear",
And sighing say "she is not here".