Allan Water (Henry Elliot Button)

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  • (Posted 2021-10-07)  CPDL #66121:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2021-10-07).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 146 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Includes a keyboard reduction of the a cappella choral score.
  • (Posted 2012-02-11)  CPDL #25566:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2012-02-11).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 53 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Allan Water
Composer: Henry Elliot Button
Lyricist: Matthew Gregory Lewis

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1907
Description: Originally published by Novello and Co, Part song number 1037. Keyboard accompliment only for rehearsal.

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Original text and translations

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On the banks of Allan Water,
When the sweet spring tide did fall,
Was the miller's lovely daughter,
Fairest of them all.

For his bride a soldier sought her,
And a winning tongue had he,
On the banks of Allan Water,
None so gay as she.

On the banks of Allan Water,
When brown autumn spreads its store,
There I saw the miller's daughter,
But she smiled no more.

For the summer grief had brought her,
And a soldier false was he;
On the banks of Allan Water,
None so sad as she.

On the banks of Allan Water,
When the wintry snow fell fast,
Still was seen the miller's daughter;
Chilling blew the blast.

But the miller's lovely daughter,
Both from cold and care was free;
On the banks of Allan Water,
There a corse lay she.