The Leprechaun (Granville Bantock)

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Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2020-10-27).   Score information: A4, 14 pages, 228 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: The Leprehaun
Composer: Granville Bantock
Lyricist: Patrick Joycecreate page

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1909

Description: Originally publish by Novello & Co, number 1166

External websites:

Original text and translations

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In a shady nook one moon-light night,
A leprehaun I spied,
With scarlet cap and coat of green,
A cruiskeen by his side.
'Twas tick-tack-tick, his hammer went,
Upon a weeny shoe;
And I laugh'd to think of a purse of gold;
But the fairy was laughing too!

With tiptoe step and beating heart,
Quite softly I drew nigh,
There was mischief in his merry face,
A twinkle in his eye,
He hammer'd and sang with tiny voice,
And drank his mountain dew
And I laugh'd to think he was caught at last;
But the fairy was laughing too!

Ha ha ha etc

As quick as thought I seiz'd the elf;
"Your fairy purse!" I cried
"The purse" he said "'tis in her hand,
"that lady at your side!"
I turn'd to look: the elf was off!
Then what was I to do?
O I laugh'd to think what a fool I'd been,
And the fairy was laughing too!

Ha ha ha etc