Hark, jolly shepherds (Thomas Morley)

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  • (Posted 2012-04-12)  CPDL #25942:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2012-04-12).   Score information: A4, 4 pages, 42 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Hark, jolly shepherds
Composer: Thomas Morley

Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SSAT
Genre: SecularMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1594 in Madrigals to Four Voices, no. 17

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Original text and translations

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Hark, jolly shepherds, hark:
hark you yon lusty ringing,
hark alas hark how cheerfully the bells dance,
the whilst the lads are springing.
Go, then, why sit we here delaying,
and all yon merry wanton lasses playing,
and all yon merry, merry lads
and merry, merry wanton lasses playing,
and all you merry lads and lasses playing.
Now gaily Flora leads it and sweetly treads it.
The woods and groves they ring loudly resounding,
with echo sweet rebounding.