The Agincourt Song (Geoffrey Shaw)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-07)  CPDL #77910:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-07).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 414 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Agincourt Song
Composer: Geoffrey Shaw
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongFolksong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1916 J. Curwen & Sons
Description: Six Traditional Melodies, No. 2

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Original text and translations

English.png English text

Our King went forth to Normandy
With grace and might of chivalry,
There God for him wrought marvellously,
Wherefore England may call and cry

Deo gratias Anglia
Redde pro Victoria.
(Give thanks England
To God for victory)

°°He set a siege, for sooth to say,
To Harfleur town with royal array,
That town he won and made a fray
That France shall rue till doomsday.

°°Then went him forth our king comely,
In Agincourt field he fought manly,
Through grace of God most marvelously
He had the field and victory.

°°There many a Lord, Earl, and Baron
Were slain and taken and that full soon
And some were brought into London
With joy and bliss, and great renown.

Now gracious God, he save our king,
His people and all his well willing,
Give them good life and good ending;
That we mirth may safely sing!

15th Century
°° verses omitted in G. Shaw’s setting.