He that hath a pleasant face (John Liptrot Hatton)

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  • (Posted 2019-12-27)  CPDL #56423:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-12-27).   Score information: A4, 6 pages, 95 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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  • (Posted 2011-10-29)  CPDL #24821:        (Sibelius 6)
Editor: Ian Haslam (submitted 2011-10-29).   Score information: A4, 3 pages, 47 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: Score updated 6 Nov 2020 with minor corrections.

General Information

Title: He that hath a pleasant face
Composer: John Liptrot Hatton
Lyricist: William Henry Bellamy

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

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1879 in Novello's Part-Song Book (2nd series), Vol. 12, no. 362


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Original text and translations

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He that hath a pleasant face,
And will join in catch or glee,
He shall have a welcome place
'Mid this goodly company

If he cannot sing or play,
Why, then, pity of his heart!
Notwithstanding let him stay;
He can do the list'ner's part.

If he cannot play or sing,
And he only comes to talk,
Then that's quite another thing,
He may take his hat, and walk;
For he shall have no welcome place
'Mid this goodly company.