The faithful shepherd (Ernest Harry Smith)

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  • (Posted 2023-12-08)  CPDL #78028:     
Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-12-08).   Score information: Letter, 8 pages, 551 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The faithful shepherd
Composer: Ernest Harry Smith
Lyricist: May Byron
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsongMadrigal

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1895 J. Curwen & Sons

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Original text and translations

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Dulcibel, my vowes deryding,
Holds noe hope of future blisse;
Sweeter she than scents abyding
Deep in ambergrisse;
Yet love on, Corydon!
Mayden’s minde unstable is.

Flute is mute, and cheerfulle tabor
All its music harboureth;
Oaten pipes o’er shepherd’s labour
Sounde noe sprightlie breath;
Yet love on, Corydon!
Chance may change, the wise man say’th.

When betwixt the scythe and sickle
Maydes and shepherdes trippe the greene;
Shall they floute her for being rickle
If to me she leane?
Then love one, Corydon!
Smiles may growe where sighes have beene.