Sing heigh-ho (George Alexander Macfarren)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-13).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 505 kB   Copyright: Personal
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  • (Posted 2019-06-12)  CPDL #54525:         
Editor: James Gibb (submitted 2019-06-12).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 128 kB   Copyright: CPDL
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General Information

Title: Sing heigh-ho
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. 117
Description: Poems of Charles Kingsley No. 6

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Original text and translations

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There sits a bird on ev'ry tree,
Sing heigh-ho! Sing heigh-ho!
And courts his love as I do thee;
Sing heigh-ho! and heigh-ho!
Young maids must marry.

There grows a flower on ev'ry bough,
Sing heigh-ho! Sing heigh-ho!
Its petals kiss, I'll show you how;
Sing heigh-ho! and heigh-ho!
Young maids must marry.

From sea to stream the salmon roam,
Sing heigh-ho! Sing heigh-ho!
ach finds a mate, and leads her home
Sing heigh-ho! and heigh-ho!
Young maids must marry.

The sun's a bridegroom, earth a bride,
Sing heigh-ho! Sing heigh-ho!
They court from morn till eventide;
The earth shall pass, but love abide,
Sing heigh-ho! and heigh-ho1
Young maids must marry.