Alton Locke's song (George Alexander Macfarren)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 384 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-05-20)  CPDL #54278:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-05-20).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 83 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Alton Locke's song
Composer: George Alexander Macfarren
Lyricist: Charles Kingsley

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

Language: English
Instruments: Keyboard or a cappella

First published: 1870 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 3, no. 113
Description: Poems of Charles Kingsley No. 2

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Original text and translations

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Weep, weep, weep and weep
For pauper, dolt and slave!
Hark! From wasted moor and fen,
Fev'rous alley, stifling den,
Swells the wail of Saxon men,
Work or the grave!

Down, down, down and down
With idler knave and tyrant!
Why for sluggards cark and moil?
He that will not live by toil
Has no right on English soil!
God's words our warrant!

Up, up, up and up!
Face your game and play it!
The night is past, behold the sun!
The idols fall, the lie is done!
The judge is set, the doom begun,
Who shall stay it?