Tan-ta-ra cries Mars (Thomas Weelkes)

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General Information

Title: Tan-ta-ra cries Mars
Composer: Thomas Weelkes

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicings: TTB or SAT, arrangement
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1608 in Ayres or Phantasticke Spirits for Three Voices, no. 7

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Original text and translations

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Tantara, rantara, cries Mars on bloody rapier,
Fa la, fa la, fa la, fa la, cries Venus in her chamber.
Toodle loodle loo, cries Pan that cuckoo,
With bells at his shoe, and a fiddle too.
Aye me, but I, alas, lie weeping,
For death has slain my sweeting,