A poor soul sat under a sycamore tree (Anonymous)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2021-04-01).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 277 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: This edition comprises a modern realisation, and a statement of the piece in its original specialised format.

General Information

Title: A poor soul sat under a sycamore tree
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Anon
Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: TTT
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: c.1779 in Warren's twelfth collection
Description: One of those catches that is more lubricious in performance than the anodyne lyrics might suggest.

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Original text and translations

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A poor soul sat under a sycamore tree;
She turn'd up her eyes in the grief of her heart,
Lamenting to Roger his base treachery.
Her bumpkin stood by her and well play'd his part.
He labour'd to prove her as fickle as he;
He put it home to her with wond'rous art.