Good Wine (Ernest John Moeran)

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  • (Posted 2021-01-18)  CPDL #62436:         
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2021-01-18).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 114 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Good Wine
Composer: Ernest John Moeran
Lyricist: William Browne

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

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1933
Description: Source Novello and Co. Number 6 from Songs of Springtime

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Original text and translations

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NOW that the Spring hath filled our veins
With kind and active fire,
And made green liv’ries for the plains,
And every grove a quire:

Sing we a song of merry glee,
And Bacchus fill the bowl:
Then here’s to thee; And thou to me
And every thirsty soul.

Nor Care, nor Sorrow e’er paid debt,
Nor never shall do mine;
I have no cradle going yet,
Not I, by this good wine.

No wife at home to send for me
No hogs are in my ground,
No suit in law to pay a fee,
Then round, old Jockey, round!

Shear sheep that have them, cry we still,
But see that no man ’scape
To drink of the sherry,
That makes us so merry,
And plump as the lusty grape.