Wives by the dozen (Anonymous)

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Editor: Christopher Shaw (submitted 2012-12-31).   Score information: A4, 2 pages, 63 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: Wives by the dozen
Composer: Anonymous
Lyricist: Anonymous

Number of voices: 3vv   Voicing: ATB
Genre: SecularGlee

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published:

Description: Unattributed in the manuscript source, the style and subject matter of this short glee are reminiscent of Thomas Arne.

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Original text and translations

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"O Death, how thou spoilest the best project of life",
Said Gabriel, who still, as he buried one wife,
For the sake of her family married her cousin.
And then in an honest collateral line
He still married on 'til his number was nine,
Full sorry to die 'til he made up his dozen.