O sing unto mie roundelaie (Samuel Wesley)
- Editor: Jonathan Goodliffe (submitted 2008-10-05). Score information: A4, 6 pages, 82 kB Copyright: CPDL
- Edition notes: Transcribed from the original version of this piece published by the composer c. 1813. Included in British Library shelfmark E. 270.f.(2)
Title: O sing unto mie roundelaie
Composer: Samuel Wesley
Lyricist: Thomas Chatterton (1752 – 1770)
Number of voices: 5vv Voicing: SSATB
Genre: Secular, Madrigal
Instruments: A cappella
First published: 1813
Description: A madrigal imitating in some respects the 17th Century English style. Submitted unsuccessfully for a prize by the composer to the Madrigal Society.
Original text and translations
Middle English text
First verse only.
Note that Wesley does not always follow the Middle English spelling used
(or invented) by Chatterton and which is given below.
O, synge untoe mie roundelaie!
O, droppe the brynie teare wythe mee!
Daunce ne moe atte hallie daie;
Lycke a reynynge ryver bee:
Mie love ys dedde,
Gon to hys death-bedde,
Al under the wyllowe tree.