The Countryman’s Song (Edward Francis Rimbault)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-01)  CPDL #77778:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-01).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 632 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Countryman’s Song
Composer: Edward Francis Rimbault
Lyricist: John Chalkhill
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1850 Mason & Law
Description: 

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Original text and translations

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Oh, the sweet contentment
The countryman doth find.
Heigh trolollie lollie loe,
Heigh trolollie lie!

That quiet contemplation
Possesseth all my mind:
Then care away
And wend along with me.

Courts are full of flattery,
As hath too oft been tried;
Heigh trolollie lollie loe,
Heigh trolollie lie!

The city full of mockery,
And both are full of pride.
Then care away
And wend along with me.

But oh, the honest countryman
Speaks truly from his heart,
Heigh trolollie lollie loe,
Heigh trolollie lie!

His pride is in his tillage,
His horses nad his cart:
Then care away
And wend along with me.

The ploughman, though he labour hard,
Yet on his holiday,
Heigh trolollie lollie loe,
Heigh trolollie lie!

No emperor so merrily
Does pass his time away;
Then care away
And wend along with me.