The Fox jump’d over the Parson’s gate (Henry Rowley Bishop)

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  • (Posted 2023-09-24)  CPDL #75695:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-09-24).   Score information: Letter, 16 pages, 799 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The Fox jump’d over the Parson’s gate
Composer: Henry Rowley Bishop
Number of voices: 5vv   Voicing: SSTTB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: Piano

First published: 1864 Novello, Ewer & Co.

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Original text and translations

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The Fox jumped over the Parson’s gate
And stole hs poultry from under his nose;
“O ho!” quoth the Parson, who popped out his pate,
“A good fat hen, and away she goes!”

Calm, Lady, calm your troubled breast,
Beneath our roof of friendship rest;
There say what most may soothe your woes!
“A good fat hen, and away she goes!”

Friendship! thou canst balm impart
To the wounded suffering heart;
A mourner to thy roof I fly;
And then should silent stars intrude,
The gleam of glistening gratitude
Shall light the drops in sorrow’s eye!

Then away with old care, let the dullard go drown,
Mirth and pleasure life’s short rosy moments should crown,
For what gain or what good e’er from sorrow arose?
“A good fat hen, and away she goes!”

Let’s rejoice!
It doth beseem us,
Let’s be jovial!
Hence, ye sordid and litigious,
Prodigious! Prodigious!
Hence, oppression, hence!