The jovial beggar (William Henry Montgomery)

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Editor: David Anderson (submitted 2023-11-16).   Score information: Letter, 12 pages, 615 kB   Copyright: Personal
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General Information

Title: The jovial beggar
Composer: William Henry Montgomery
Lyricist: Anonymous
Number of voices: 4vv   Voicing: SATB
Genre: SecularPartsong

Language: English
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1891 Biglow & Main Co.

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Original text and translations

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There was a jovial beggar,
He had a wooden leg;
Lame from the cradle,
And forced for to beg.

And a-begging we will go.

Seven years I begged
For my old master Wild;
He taught me to beg
When I was but a child.

I begged for my master
And got him store of pelf;
But, Jove now be praised,
I am begging for myself.

“Words by an old poet (1660)”